Immigrant minds, American identities : making the United States home, 1870-1930

Øverland, Orm, 1935-

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  • Creator Orm Øverland
  • Format Books
  • Publication Urbana : University of Illinois Press, [2000] ©2000
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  • Physical Details
    • x, 243 pages ; 24 cm
  • ISBNs 9780252025624, 0252025628
  • OCLC ocm42476958


  • "Focusing on a period of American history marked by a sharp division between Anglo-Americans ("Americans") and non-Anglo European immigrants ("foreigners"), Orm Overland examines the creation of "home-making myths" - stories that weave immigrants into the basic fabric of America by linking them to the pivotal events and ideas of their new homeland. Devised by individual ethnic leaders and spread through ethnic media, banquets, and rallies, these myths were a response to being marginalized by the dominant group and a way of laying claim to a legitimate home in America."--BOOK JACKET.


  • Includes bibliographical references (pages 195-230) and index.


  • Prologue: Homemaking in America -- 1. Contexts and Contests: Where Is Home and Whose Home Is It! -- 2. Foundations and Refoundations: We Were Here First -- 3. Sacrifice: We Have Given Our Blood -- 4. Ideology: We Were American to Begin With -- 5. Norwegian Americans Are Americans -- Epilogue: Three Twentieth-Century Stories
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