Wisconsin Historical Society Press
Danes in Wisconsin: Revised and Expanded Edition
By Frederick Hale
72 pages, 34 b/w photos, 1 map, 6 x 9"Buy
Wisconsin Territory's first Dane arrived in 1829, and by 1860 the state's Danish-born population had reached 1,150. Yet these newcomers remained only a small segment of Wisconsin's increasingly complex cultural mosaic, and the challenges of adapting to life in this new land shaped the Danish experience in the state. In this popular book, now revised and expanded with additional historical photos and documents, Frederick Hale offers a concise introduction to Wisconsin's Danish settlers, exploring their reasons for leaving their homeland, describing their difficult journeys, and examining their adjustments to life on Wisconsin soil.
New to this edition are the selected letters of Danish immigrant Andrew Frederickson. These compelling documents, written over a 40-year span, capture the personal observations of one Dane as he made a new life in Wisconsin.
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Frederick Hale (born 1948) graduated from Macalester College in 1969 and was awarded master's degrees at Harvard University, the University of Minnesota, and the Johns Hopkins University. He received his Doctor of Philosophy at Johns Hopkins in 1976. In addition to "Danes in Wisconsin" he has written five books in the field of Scandinavian immigration and has contributed articles to historical, literary, and theological journals in the United Kingdom, Scandinavia, Africa, and the United States.