Dutch Farmer in the Missouri Valley: The Life and Letters of Ulbe Eringa, 1866-1950
The letters Dutch immigrant Ulbe Eringa wrote home from the United States are rich with information on farming, the family, the household economy, church activities, and school involvement as he related them to his relatives back in the Netherlands. His memoirs, written in 1942 and 1943, supplement the letters and provide details about his life before emigrating. Brian Beltman's introduction and chapter-by-chapter commentary place Eringa's story within its historical context, complementing findings that there has been more continuity than discontinuity between the European past and the American ethnic experience.
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The Early Years Preceeding Emigration
The Migration and Arrival
The Immigrant as Tenant
The Immigrant Becomes a Landowner
Years of Expansion and Providing for the Future
After the War and Family Farm Succession
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