American West and History

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European Immigrants in the American West

Edited by Frederick Luebke

During the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, immigrants from Spain, Sweden, Ireland, Italy, Germany, England, and other European countries settled all across the American West. This collection of essays explores the rural and urban settlement patterns of these groups, their comparative histories, and the maintenance of their communities. Europeans came to the West from all directions‚ via both coasts and Mexico. Luebke provides tables illustrating the distribution of foreign-born persons in the West and first- and second-generation immigrants by country of origin in the region.


Frederick C. Luebke is the Charles J. Mach Distinguished Professor Emeritus of History, University of Nebraska, Lincoln.


“ . . . an eclectic collection of essays . . . (the authors) plot a direct and meticulous course through time and event, even as they provoke deeper thought about humans’ primal drives and devotions.”


Utah Historical Quarterly

“. . . a valuable contribution to the history of the Great Plains and “Western” history . . .”


Great Plains Quarterly

Published in association with The University of New Mexico Center for the American West

6 x 9 in. 224 pages 7 maps, 3 tables