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The Dutch Transplanting in the Upper Middle West

By Robert Swierenga

DutchPart of the Historical Essay Series, this essay discusses Dutch immigrants, emigration cycles, settlement patterns, and the Dutch colonies.

The Historical Essay Series is edited by Dr. Joseph Amato, former director of Rural Studies, with the assistance of Donata DeBruyckere, Janice Louwagie, and Dr. Thaddeus Radzilowski. It is published by the Southwest Minnesota State University History Department, the History Club, the History Center, and the Rural Studies program. It is partially sponsored and distributed by the Society for the Study of Local and Regional History. Assisting with the publication are Southwest Minnesota State University Word Processing Center and Duplicating Services. Additional thanks for supporting go to the State University Q7 Initiative Fund.

Robert P. Swierenga (B.A. Calvin College 1957; M.A. Northwestern University, 1958; Ph.D. University of Iowa, 1965) is professor of history at Kent State University. He is the author of several books and more than fifty articles: Acres for Cents: Delinquent Tax Auctions in Frontier Iowa (Greenwood, 1976); Pioneers and Profit: Land Speculation on the Iowa Frontier (Iowa State University Press, 1968); ed. Quantification in the Civil War Synthesis: Political Essays of the Civel War Era (Greenwood, 1975); ed. (with J.W. Schulte Nordholt) A Bilateral Bicentennial: A History of Dutch-American Relations, 1782-1982 (1982); ed. History and Ecology: James C. Malin's Studies of the Grassland (1984); ed. The Dutch in America: Immigration, Settlement, and Cultural Change (1985); ed. Netherlands in America: A Study of Emigration and Settlement in the Nineteenth and Twentieth Centuries in the United States, by J. Van Hinte (1985); Belief and Behavior, Essays in the New Religious History (1991). He served as co-editor of Social Science History, the journal of the Social Science History Association, from 1976-1990. In 1976 and again in 1985 he was Fulbright Fellow in the Netherlands, and in 1981 he was a Fellow of the American council of Learned Societies. He is a member of the Social Science History Association, Immigration History Society, Economic History Association, Agricultural History Society, Conference on Faith and History, and he served on the board of editors of Agricultural History and Fides et Historia.

SSLRH, 1991

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