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”Jag söker ett land, där jag med arbete kan hjälpa mig och de mina”: Vad hade amerikaemigranterna (1840-1914) för uttalade anledningar för sin utvandring? 
Linnaeus University, Faculty of Arts and Humanities, Department of Cultural Sciences.
2014 (Swedish)Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesisAlternative title
“I seek a land where I through my work can help myself and mine” : What reasons did the America emigrants (1840-1914) state for their exodus from Sweden? (English)
Abstract [en]

This Bachelor thesis aims to uncover the main reasons the Swedish emigrants stated for migration during the mass migration to North America during 1840 to 1914.

The research material used for this thesis is a mix of Swedish emigrant letters, letters to the Swedish government’s report on migration (Emigrationsutredningen) and letters to the editor of the Chicago based Swedish-American newspaper Svenska Amerikanaren.

By using quantitative content analysis I got results that are presented in this paper through different categories of stated reasons. The distribution of the categories in the different kinds of material and how the distribution of stated reasons changed over time is presented through charts.

Results show that the by far most stated main reason for migration during all the periods of the mass migration was to improve the economic situation of the Swedish emigrant. The results also show that the stated reasons for migration confirms a lot of the ideas and research presented by earlier studies on the subject of the Swedish migration to North America during 1840-1914. 

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2014. , 44 p.
Keyword [en]
Swedish-American migration, immigrantletters, Svenska Amerikanaren, Emigration, Massmigration
Keyword [sv]
Emigration, massemigration, utvandring, Svensk-Amerikanare, Sverige-Amerika, amerikabrev, Emigrationsutredningen, Svenska Amerikanaren, push/pull
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URN: urn:nbn:se:lnu:diva-35211OAI: diva2:725573
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Lärarprogrammet, inriktning mot verksamhet i grundskolans senare år och gymnasiet
Available from: 2014-06-30 Created: 2014-06-16 Last updated: 2014-06-30Bibliographically approved

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