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June 1, 2019 @ 2:00 pm
THE REASONS AND DYNAMICS OF SWEDISH EMIGRATION TO AMERICA, AND THE SHAPING OF SWEDISH-AMERICA
Talk by Tobias Berglund
In the 19th and early 20th centuries, more than 1 million people from Sweden — a substantial percentage of the overall population of that country — paid passage and boarded ships to pursue a new life in the United States. Coming as individuals, families, or sometimes as entire communities, the individuals who made up this unprecedented, massive wave of Swedish immigration entered into a dynamic and changing American society. Tobias Berglund, the 2019 Fulbright Hildeman Fellow, will tell us about the experiences of these immigrant communities and their inter generational relations with their “Old Country” counterparts. What institutions, traditions and ideas did they bring with them? What ideas did they learn and send or take back home? How did they shape the America we know today? And how did the American experience shape the country they had seemingly left behind? Tobias will also put special focus on Chicago, in the late 1800’s “Sweden’s Second City” where more than 50 000 Swedes lived.
Cost at the door is $5 and includes fika (refreshments).