Danish immigrant, sailing, American dream, class stratified society
Paul Henriksen, my father, was one of those people whose life could have been a Hollywood ﬁlm. It unreeled from the hardscrabble streets of turn-of-the-century Copenhagen, to ﬁve years spent before the mast in saltwater seas, to the battleﬁelds of Flanders in World War I, and ﬁnally to the freshwaters of the Great Lakes, where he became a prominent sports ﬁgure in mid-twentieth-century Detroit. Hard work, persistence, and photogenic looks helped propel him toward the fulﬁllment of his own American dream.
Henriksen, Thomas H.
"A Portrait of Paul Henriksen,"
The Bridge: Vol. 40
, Article 13.
Available at: https://scholarsarchive.byu.edu/thebridge/vol40/iss1/13