LNUC CONCURRENCES SEMINAR SERIES IN COLONIAL AND POSTCOLONIAL STUDIES
Unsettling the Legacy of S. M. Swenson: Swedish Immigration and Slavery in 19th Century Texas
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Lecturer Lucia Hodgson, American-Scandinavian Foundation Fellow and Guest Researcher, LNUCC
Title Unsettling the Legacy of S. M. Swenson: Swedish Immigration and Slavery in 19th Century Texas
Abstract This project complicates the traditional history of Swedish-American immigration as that of yeoman farmers settling in the Midwest in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. It contributes to the emerging history of Swedish engagement with American chattel slavery, and enriches the existing history of Texas’s establishment of white hegemony. The project argues that Swedish and Texan exceptionalisms with regard to slavery have reinforced each other and together contributed to the enduring myth that slavery played an insignificant role in Swedish-American settler colonialism and Texas state development.