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Scandinavians in the State House

Scandinavians in the State House: Klas Bergman Book Release

Wednesday, April 19, 2017 - 6:30pm

The story of Nordic immigrant influence in Minnesota politics and culture, and the lasting legacy of a “Scandinavian state in the New World.” 

Join Klas Bergman at ASI to celebrate the launch of his new book, Scandinavians in the State House. In Scandinavians in the State House, Klas Bergman explores who Nordic immigrant politicians were and what drove them to become civically involved so soon after arriving in Minnesota. Profiling the individuals and movements at the forefront of this political activity, at the state and local level, Bergman examines the diverse political philosophies of the immigrant communities and reveals the lasting legacy of Scandinavian politicians in the creation of modern Minnesota—from Nelson and Olson, to Andersen and Carlson, to Humphrey and Mondale. Books will be available in the ASI museum store after April 15th. Come to the celebration to get your copy signed and hear Klas Bergman discuss his book with former State Legislator and current lawyer Tom Berg.

Klas Bergman is a longtime journalist and freelance writer. Born in Sweden, he spent nearly 20 years as a reporter and correspondent for the leading Swedish daily newspaper, Dagens Nyheter, including six years as the chief U.S. correspondent based in Washington, D.C. He has also worked for the World Bank, Yale and Stanford universities, and the Swedish embassy in Germany. Bergman is the author of Land of Dreams: A Reporter's Journey from Sweden to America. You can follow him on Twitter .

Advanced registration is recommended.

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