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On The Viking Trail

Author : Don Lago
ISBN : 1587294834
Genre : Biography & Autobiography
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When his father developed Alzheimer’s disease, Don Lago realized that the stories and traditions of his Swedish ancestors would be lost along with the rest of his father’s memories. Haunted by this inevitable tragedy, Lago set out to fight back against forgetting by researching and reclaiming his long-lost Scandinavian roots. Beginning his quest with a visit to his ancestral home of Gränna, Sweden, Lago explores all facets of Scandinavian America—Swedish, Danish, Finnish, Norwegian, and Icelandic—along the way. He encounters Icelanders living in the Utah desert, a Titanic victim buried beneath a gigantic Swedish coffee pot in Iowa, an Arkansas town named after the famous Swedish opera singer Jenny Lind, a real-life Legoland in southern California, and other unique remnants of America’s Scandinavian past. Visits to Sigurd Olson’s legendary cabin on the banks of Burntside Lake in the Boundary Waters of Minnesota and Carl Sandburg’s birthplace in Galesburg, Illinois, further provide Lago with an acute sense of the Scandinavian values that so greatly influenced, and continue to influence, American society. More than just a travel memoir, On the Viking Trail places Scandinavian immigrants and their history within the wider sweep of American culture. Lago’s perceptive eye and amusing tales remind readers of all ethnic backgrounds that to truly appreciate America one must never forget its immigrant past.

Vikings In The Attic

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ISBN : 9781452931371
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The New Finnish Theatre

Author : Jeff Johnson
ISBN : 9780786456710
Genre : Performing Arts
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With its impressive variety of theater, Finland is a superpower of performing arts. Finnish theater, however, is presently a hotbed of cultural debate regarding the artistic quality of its performances. This comprehensive overview of contemporary theater explores many of the most contentious questions concerning applied theater, its devised methods, and the corresponding challenges presented to traditional definitions of theater and related arts. Through interviews with new writers and directors, and first-hand accounts of recent performances, this study attempts to define what it means today to say “Finnish theater.” It also addresses issues concerning Finland’s emergence as a cultural player within the European Union and implications for its evolving national identity.

The Bitterroot And Mr Brandborg

Author : Frederick H Swanson
ISBN : 9781607819905
Genre : History
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Meticulously written, "The Bitterroot and Mr. Brandborg" tells the story of Guy M. Brandborg and his impact on the practices of the U.S. Forest Service. It articulates Brandborg's Progressive-era idealism and is based on extensive archival research in collections throughout the Rockies and the Northwest, including the Brandborg family papers.

Mything In Action

Author : Don Lago
ISBN : 9780595401819
Genre : Political Science
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There are times when nations are no longer sure of what they are and what their purpose is, and for America 2004 was such a time. For 200 years America was the hope and role model of the democratic world, but now America is failing in this role. The national myths-the stories, heroes, self-images, and social values-that have guided America from the beginning are now misleading and failing us. Our heroic self-image tricked us into disasters in Vietnam and Iraq. Our frontier experience has left us refusing to face environmental limits. Our individualistic values have left us unwilling to care about one another as a people. Basic questions of national identity ran strong in the 2004 presidential campaign. Mything in Action uses the campaign to explore America's guiding myths in action in the most iconic places in the American imagination: Lexington and Concord on the 4th of July, Hollywood, Beverly Hills, the Grand Canyon, Las Vegas, a Mark Twain riverboat town, a Wild West town, and John Wayne's hometown. Mything in Action is a unique, literary exploration of American history, culture, and politics, offering a deeper analysis of America's difficulties than the usual partisan polemics.

Encyclopedia Of Race Ethnicity And Society

Author : Richard T. Schaefer
ISBN : 9781412926942
Genre : Social Science
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This three volume reference set offers a comprehensive look at the roles race and ethnicity play in society and in our daily lives. General readers, students, and scholars alike will appreciate the informative coverage of intergroup relations in the United States and the comparative examination of race and ethnicity worldwide. These volumes offer a foundation to understanding as well as researching racial and ethnic diversity from a multidisciplinary perspective. Over a hundred racial and ethnic groups are described, with additional thematic essays offering insight into broad topics that cut across group boundaries and which impact on society. The encyclopedia has alphabetically arranged author-signed essays with references to guide further reading. Numerous cross-references aid the reader to explore beyond specific entries, reflecting the interdependent nature of race and ethnicity operating in society. The text is supplemented by photographs, tables, figures and custom-designed maps to provide an engaging visual look at race and ethnicity. An easy-to-use statistical appendix offers the latest data with carefully selected historical comparisons to aid study and research in the area

Western American Literature

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ISBN : MINN:31951P010103332
Genre : American literature
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Minnesota History

Author : Theodore Christian Blegen
ISBN : UCSC:32106018395670
Genre : Minnesota
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Vol. 6 includes the 23d Biennial report of the Society, 1923/24, as an extra number.

The Book Review Digest

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ISBN : UOM:39015064843611
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Swedish American Historical Quarterly

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ISBN : WISC:89082310699
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