"The Fairest among the So-Called White Races": Portrayals of Scandinavian Americans in the Filiopietistic and Nativist Literature of the Late Nineteenth and Early Twentieth Centuries

March 2014
Journal of American Ethnic History;Spring2014, Vol. 33 Issue 3, p5
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The article explores the history of racial identity and immigration in the U.S. through an examination of nativist literature and commentary on Scandinavian Americans. Emphasis is given to a mix of racial romanticism and race theory that situates a Teutonic race in the hierarchy of whiteness and American national characteristics. Other topics include comparisons to the Vikings, the alleged racial superiority of Anglo-Saxon immigrants, and cultural assimilation.


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