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Swedish America during the American Civil War

This guide is for anyone looking to conduct research on the American Civil War using Swenson Center resources.

Welcome!

This guide is for anyone looking to conduct research on the American Civil War using Swenson Center resources.

The Swenson Center is located at Augustana College and is a national and international research center for the study of Swedish-American history and relations. 

Swedish America during the American Civil War

Keywords / Search terms:

Here are some search terms to try in the library catalog or other search areas. Using the asterisk (*) is a wildcard option, that will return variations on a search term. 

  • Civil War
  • Swedes -- United States -- Civil war, 1861-1865
  • Swedish Americans--Civil War
  • Personal narratives--Civil War

Possible research questions:

  • What role did Swedish Americans play in the Civil War? How did they describe their experiences?
  • How does the Civil War factor into the local history of Illinois and/or other states in the Midwestern region?
  • How was the impetus and politics behind the American Civil War interpreted by recent immigrants to the United States? What were some of the opinions surrounding it?