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Danes and Icelanders in Michigan

Howard L. Nicholson
Anders J. Gillis
Russell M. Magnaghi
Copyright Date: 2014
Pages: 110
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    Danes and Icelanders in Michigan
    Book Description:

    Immigration of Danes and Icelanders to Michigan began in the 1850s and continued well into the twentieth century. Beginning with their origins, this book takes a detailed look at their arrival and settlement in Michigan, answering some key questions: What brought Danes and Icelanders to Michigan? What challenges did they face? How did they adjust and survive here? Where did they settle? What kind of lasting impact have they had on Michigan's economic and cultural landscape? Extensively researched, this book examines the public and private lives of Danish and Icelandic immigrants in Michigan, drawing from both individual and institutional histories. Shedding new light on the livelihood, traditions, religion, social life, civic organizations, and mutual benefit societies, this thorough, insightful book highlights a small but important population within Michigan's borders.

    eISBN: 978-1-60917-386-9
    Subjects: History, Sociology

Table of Contents

  1. Front Matter
    (pp. i-vi)
  2. Table of Contents
    (pp. vii-viii)
  3. Acknowledgments
    (pp. ix-x)
  4. Preface
    (pp. xi-xii)
  5. Danes in Michigan
    (pp. 1-48)
    Howard L. Nicholson and Anders J. Gillis

    Danish immigrants have played an important role in Michigan’s development.¹ Danes generally integrated smoothly into the American fabric and became successful and productive citizens. Compared to Swedish and Norwegian immigration, Danish immigration to America was a stream rather than a mass exodus. From 1820 to 1905 an estimated 225,000 Danes emigrated.² Very few early Danish Americans settled in Michigan. In 1850 there were thirteen Danish-born persons in Michigan; by 1870 there were 1,354; and in 1890, there were 6,335. Danes were always a small number in terms of the larger Scandinavian immigration. They dispersed across Michigan with concentrations found in...

  6. Icelanders in Michigan
    (pp. 49-62)
    Russell M. Magnaghi

    Given the fact that Iceland is a small island nation with a miniscule population, immigration from the island was insignificant. Icelanders migrated to Wisconsin, Minnesota, and the Canadian province of Manitoba. Michigan seems to have been a point of transit on their travels west and as a result the Icelandic population of Michigan has been negligible. Further complicating identifying Icelanders is the fact that during the nineteenth century Iceland was a part of the Kingdom of Denmark. As a result United States census takers did not officially identify Iceland as a place of birth on their enumeration lists until the...

  7. Appendix 1. Archives and Libraries
    (pp. 63-66)
  8. Appendix 2. Recipes
    (pp. 67-72)
  9. Appendix 3. Immigrant Letters
    (pp. 73-78)
  10. Notes
    (pp. 79-84)
  11. For Further Reference
    (pp. 85-90)
  12. Index
    (pp. 91-93)