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World War I and the Finns of Astoria, Oregon: The Effects of the War on an Immigrant Community
P. George Hummasti
The International Migration Review
Vol. 11, No. 3 (Autumn, 1977), pp. 334-349
Published by: Center for Migration Studies of New York, Inc.
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/2545203
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The situation produced by the First World War greatly influenced communities of European immigrants in America, like the settlement of Finns at Astoria, Oregon. The war changed the relation-ships of Finns there among themselves, with their old homeland, and with the American population of the town. These changes, the last in particular, were felt most acutely by a large group of Finnish socialists. The war encouraged them to increased activity and brought to the Americans a heightened awareness of them both as foreigners and as radicals. This led to attempts by the Americans to suppress radicalism among the Finns.
The International Migration Review © 1977 Center for Migration Studies of New York, Inc.