Swedes in Canada: Invisible Immigrants

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University of Toronto Press, Jul 27, 2015 - History - 576 pages
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Since 1776, more than 100,000 Swedish-speaking immigrants have arrived in Canada from Sweden, Finland, Estonia, Ukraine, and the United States. Elinor Barr’s Swedes in Canada is the definitive history of that immigrant experience. Active in almost every aspect of Canadian life, Swedish individuals and companies are responsible for the CN Tower, ships on the Great Lakes, and log buildings in Riding Mountain National Park. They have built railways and grain elevators all across the country, as well as churches and old folks’ homes in their communities. At the national level, the introduction of cross-country skiing and the success of ParticipACTION can be attributed to Swedes.

Despite this long list of accomplishments, Swedish ethnic consciousness in Canada has often been very low. Using extensive archival and demographic research, Barr explores both the impressive Swedish legacy in Canada and the reasons for their invisibility as an immigrant community.

 

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Swedes in Canada: Invisible Immigrants is a very detailed and well-researched look at persons of Swedish descent who live in Canada. The book touches on the Swedish influence in many sectors of ... Read full review

Contents

1 Under an Invisibility Cloak
3
2 Emigration from Sweden Immigration to Canada
14
3 Immigrants
35
4 Settlement Patterns
57
5 Religion
86
6 World Wars
108
7 The Swedish Press
124
8 The Depression Strikes and Unions
138
12 Links with Sweden
224
13 Language Discrimination and Assimilation
236
14 Literature
251
15 Emerging Visibility
266
Appendices
271
Notes
325
Bibliography
483
Personal Names Index
517

9 Earning a Living
150
10 A Womans Place
178
11 Swedishness in Canada
191

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Elinor Barr has written extensively about Northwestern Ontario and Scandinavian immigrants in Canada. She is a research associate of the Lakehead Social History Institute at Lakehead University.

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