emigration, Danish farmers, New Denmark


In 1985, Erik Helmer Pedersen wrote that "the history of Danish emigration to America can be seen, in very broad terms, as the story of how a small part of the population tore itself away from the national community in order to build a new existence in foreign lands. Those who write the history of the emigrants must, on the one hand, see them as a minority in relation to the Danish whole, and, on the other hand, must reconstruct that little part of the history of American immigration which concerns the Danes."

This article attempts to do just that for emigration from the township of Sollerod, north of Copenhagen. The aim is to reveal the process and causes of emigration from a single local area and determine the types of people who became emigrants.