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David Nyvall & the Shape of an Immigrant Church
Ethnic, Denominational & Educational Priorities Among Swedes in America

By Scott E. Erickson
May 1996
Almqvist & Wiksell
ISBN: 91-554-3718-4
352 p.
$68.50 Paper Original

Swedish emigration to America has been the subject of important research projects. Several works have noted the significance of migration and identified certain traditions from Sweden that were defined in America as immigrant leaders shaped aspects of the Swedish-American community. Immigrant churches and their institutions played key roles in the formation of ethnic identity and teh understanding of ethnic consciousness in Swedish America. This study contributes to a scholarly discussion about the history of Swedish Americans in an immigrant church, the Evangelical Covenant Church, and the dynamic circumstances they faced as immigrants.