"Yes! I am going forth to discover America, like Columbus. He thought he had found India; surely there is a karmic link between those two lands!"
Showcasing her previously untranslated memoir, “I Go to America” traces Mina’s trip across the Atlantic to Wisconsin and then the Twin Cities, where she worked as a domestic servant, and her move to rural Mille Lacs County,where she and her husband worked a farm, raised seven children, and contributed to rural Swedish community life.
“The immigrant experience is still our great American epic. Its hero has a million faces, and this one is female and Swedish. I Go to America is a part of this collective history at its best, told in an immigrant’s own words, accompanied by a thoughtful and carefully researched text, then laced with photographs that offer fascinating visual images of how immigrant women became Americans. Joy Lintelman has given us access to a gripping account of how Swedish women made their epic journey to America and how they fared once they arrived.”
“Joy Lintelman is the authority on the lives of Swedish-American women. In I Go to America, she allows her female characters to tell their stories of everyday life in their own words, by nature personal, experiential, and emotive. Beautifully conceived and illustrated, this fine contribution to ethnic, women’s, and Minnesota history will appeal to a wide range of readers.”