The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 41, July 1937 - April, 1938 Page: 356
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Soulthwes ern Historical Quarterly
the Yankee School," and "The Lay Preacher in Pioneer Times."
The articles have been well selected by Prof. Blegen even though
in some respects the first essay on "The Changing West," and the,
fifth essay on "The Norwegian Element in the Northwest," some-
what overlap. But how to prevent needless repetition in the publi-
cation of a series of essays previously published offers a serious,
problem and the editor was undoubtedly justified in permitting a
certain amount of overlapping. Undoubtedly the fifth essay is one,
of the best, if not the best essay in the entire publication.
The essay which might be most severely criticized is "The Nor-
wegian Element in the Field of American Scholarship." Any one,
who has not clone a similar work would severely criticize the
sources used by Professor Larson, namely, the "who's who" type.
of material. But what other criteria are available? Certainly jour-
nals of learned societies, newspapers, college and university catalogs
might have been of value, but to determine scholarly contributions'
on the basis of these would be as difficult as from any Who's Who.
Professor Larson has also been much interested in Scandinavian
literature, which in turn has given him an appreciation of the
efforts made along literary lines by his countrymen. Probably no
one is better acquainted with Norwegian-American literature than
Larson. Here he is making a distinct contribution. The immi-
grants had their own literature, which reflected certain definite
influences both of the old country and the new. Their literature
is as definitely American as any literature can be. The essay on
"Tellef Grundysen and the Beginnings of Norwegian-American
Fiction" and "Hjalmar Hjorth Boyesen" should have a wide,
appeal, and it is hoped that Larson's efforts along these lines
will inspire other scholars further to investigate immigrant con-
tributions along literary lines.
"Skandinaven, Professor Anderson, and the Yankee School"
deals with the opposition of the Norwegian Lutherans to the public-
schools immediately after the Civil War, i. e., the period from
1865 to 1877. "The Lay Preacher in Pioneer Times" and "The
Convention Riot at Benson Grove, Iowa, in 1876" are exceedingly
interesting and probably offer the best pictures of life among early
Norwegian settlers in America. The second of these essays, in
which a vivid picture of flying fists appears, is no doubt as real
as the more solemn picture in the first essay.
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