By Jennifer Eastman Attebery
Before the flip of the 20 th century, many Swedish males emigrated to the yank Rockies as itinerant employees, drawn via the region’s constructing industries. unmarried Swedish ladies ventured west, too, and full households migrated, settling into farm groups. through 1920, one-fifth of all Swedish immigrants have been dwelling within the West.
In Up within the Rocky Mountains, Jennifer Eastman Attebery bargains a brand new standpoint on Swedish immigrants’ reports in Idaho, Montana, Utah, Wyoming, Colorado, and New Mexico from 1880 to 1917 by means of examining their letters domestic. contemplating greater than 300 letters, Attebery analyzes their storytelling, repetitive language, conventional phraseology, and metaphoric pictures. spotting the letters’ strength as a folks shape, Attebery sees in them the writers’ relationships again in Sweden in addition to their encounters with non secular and exertions hobbies, regionalism, and nationalism of their new country.
By defining own letters as a vernacular style, Attebery presents a version for discerning immigrants’ shared tradition in correspondence collections. by way of learning their phrases, she brings to lifestyles small Swedish groups in the course of the Rocky Mountain region.
Jennifer Eastman Attebery is professor of English and director of yank reviews at Idaho kingdom University.
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