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By April R. Schultz

This interdisciplinary examine examines how ethnic id has been formed and expressed in American tradition. It attracts upon the paintings of historians, anthropologists, literary critics and cultural theorists. It focuses upon the 1925 Norwegian-American Immigration Centennial celebrations.

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Such a scene assured the audience that the community will survive despite impending disaster. " As the scene ended, some of the men formed a squad and marched out. Hans Heg took charge of the famous 15th Wisconsin, made up of Norwegian immigrants. General Grant arrived to award Heg his colonel's commission and the two conferred over maps. The pageant then reenacted Colonel Heg's death in the Battle of Chickamauga; the poignant death scene closed on General Grant and President Lincoln standing behind Heg's bier.

Printed and bound by Thomson-Shore, Inc.  Schultz. p. cm. ) and index.  Norwegian AmericansEthnic identity.  Norwegian Americans Anniversaries, etc.  Norwegian AmericansSocial life and customs.  EthnicityUnited StatesCase studies.  AmericanizationCase studies.  Title. 83'982'073dc20 94-14810 CIP British Library Cataloguing in Publication data are available. Page v In memory of Steve Faga and Joe Hamilton, who taught me to live with courage; and for my grandmother Velma Hamilton who taught me to value the past.

Olaf, who was killed in battle. As Norwegians came to regret Danish rule, St. Olaf became a symbol of Norwegian nationalism and independence. The connection between nationalism and Christianity in the figure of St. Olaf was both supported and reinforced by the religious revival of the early nineteenth century led by Hans Nielsen Hauge, a pietist lay preacher whose experiential Christianity was followed by an increasingly active rural peasant class. The spectacle on stage reminded the audience of these important links between nationalism, Christianity, and pagan traditions.

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