Here to Stay? Journalist's Book Considers the Legacy of Minnesota's Scandinavian-Laced Politics

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Here to Stay? Journalist's Book Considers the Legacy of Minnesota's Scandinavian-Laced Politics


Aamot, Gregg, MinnPost.com


When he was growing up in Stockholm, Klas Bergman devoured the novels of Vilhelm Moberg, who wrote famously, in his "The Emigrants" series, about Swedish pioneers making their way in Minnesota. Working as a journalist decades later, in the 1980s, Bergman traveled to Minnesota to cover the farm crisis and the presidential campaign of favorite son Walter Mondale.

For years, while he worked in Washington, D.C., Rome, Belgrade and other places around the world, Bergman held on to the idea of one day returning to this Midwestern state for a closer look. He has finally done so. In his book, "Scandinavians in the State House: How Nordic Immigrants Shaped Minnesota Politics," Bergman focuses his lens on the progressive political legacy forged by 19th- and 20th-century immigrants.

"Minnesota is a state where education has long been a priority and the less well-off are taken care of," he concludes, "where the progressive traditions of Scandinavian public policy and the social conscience of the Lutheran church combine with uniquely American demographic and character traits."

Adding fresh perspective, Bergman also considers the future of this political legacy - and whether it will live on as new waves of immigrants put down roots in the state.

In writing the book, Bergman - who has worked as a foreign correspondent for The Christian Science Monitor and the Swedish newspaper Dagens Nyheter (Daily News) - plowed through books, letters and newspapers and also interviewed more than 90 people, many of them scholars and journalists (including this reporter).

"It was a work of discovery for me," he told MinnPost.

The early part of the book recounts the lives of several Scandinavian leaders from the late 19th and early 20th centuries, such as Gov. Knute Nelson, known as "The Little Norwegian"; Gov. Floyd B. Olson, an emerging national figure during the Great Depression; and former U.S. Rep. Charles Lindbergh, a powerful World War I isolationist (and father of the famed aviator with the same name). …

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