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The author traces in this volume the waves of Swedish emigration that started in the mid-1840s. One of these waves, in 1850, brought a youth of 17 who sensed the significance of the movement of a people from ancient Sweden to the open lands of America. He gathered records, letters, documents, and himself had a part, as student, journalist, and clergyman, in the development of the earliest settlements. In 1890, then historian of the Augustana Lutheran Church, Norelius published his material in a book entitled History of the Swedish Settlements and Swedish Lutheran Churches in America. This translation is of those chapters that describe the land, the economic, social and religious conditions that confronted the immigrants, and the congregations they established in their new communities. Even after a century the work of Norelius remains a unique, primary source of the story of the earliest years of Swedish immigration to the U.S.A.
Augustana Historical Society
Rock Island, Illinois
Lutheran churches, Swedish Americans
History | Religion | Scandinavian Studies
"The Pioneer Swedish Settlements and Swedish Lutheran Churches in America, 1845-1860" (1984). Augustana Historical Society Publications.