The Viking Immigrants: Icelandic North America
From 1870 until 1914, almost one quarter of the population of Iceland migrated to North America. The Viking Immigrants examines how the distinctive everyday culture that emerged in Icelandic North American communities – from food and fashion to ghost stories and Viking parades – sheds light on a century and a half of change and adaptation.
Through an analysis of the history of everyday forms of expression, this book reveals the larger forces that shaped the evolution of an immigrant community. This exploration of the Icelandic North American community draws on rare and fascinating sources of community life, including oral histories, recipes, photographs, and memoirs. By using a multi-sensory approach to immigrant experience, The Viking Immigrants uses often-overlooked cultural practices like clothing production, the preservation of recipes, and the telling of ghost stories to understand tension and transformation in an immigrant community.
- Series: Studies in Gender and History
- World Rights
- Page Count: 272 pages
- Illustrations: 30
- Dimensions: 6.0in x 0.0in x 9.0in
Author InformationLaurie Bertram is an assistant professor in the Department of History at the University of Toronto.
Table of contents
List of Illustrations
1. Dressing Up: Clothing, Power, and Upward Mobility in the Early Immigrant Community, 1870–1900
2. Coffee Pots and Homebrew Stills: Drinking Cultures, Pleasure, and Belonging in the Icelandic Immigrant Community
3. Unsettling Apparitions: Icelandic-North American Ghost Stories and Superstitious Belief
4. Main Street Vikings: Anglicization, Spectacle, and the Two World Wars
5. “Don’t ask Icelanders how to make their Christmas Cake”: A Brief History of Vínarterta
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