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Looking for Country

A Norwegian Immigrant's Alberta Memoir


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Looking for Country by Ellenor Ranghild Merriken
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The phrase 'looking for country' refers to the attitude of animals bent on escape. A stampeding herd or a spooked horse is often described as 'looking for country'; so, too, in a sense, were immigrants to a new place. They sought land, a piece of new country, and perhaps, an escape from their homelands. This memoir documents the experiences of a young woman pioneer to Alberta, a woman who, with her family, sought the challenges of a new country. Ellenor Ranghild Merriken did not deny the struggles she and her family faced, but she truly loved Alberta.

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Ellenor Ranghild Merriken
Release date NZ
November 30th, 1999
Edited by Janice Dickin
Country of Publication
University of Calgary Press
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