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Name:  H. Arnold Barton  

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Genre: Non-Fiction

Born: 1929 in Los Angeles, California

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Barton works at Southern Illinois University in Carbondale.

Biographical and Professional Information

H. Arnold Barton received his B.A. degree at Pomona College and his doctorate at Princeton University. Barton taught history at the University of Alberta, Edmonton, Canada (1960 to 1963) and at the University of California, Santa Barbara (1963 to 1970). He taught at Southern Illinois University, Carbondale, Illinois, where he became professor in 1975 and from where he retired in 1996 as professor emeritus of history.He is the author of ''Northern Arcadia: Foreign Travelers in Scandinavia, 1765–1815''; ''A Folk Divided: Homeland Swedes and Swedish Americans, 1840–1940''; and The ''Search for Ancestors: A Swedish-American Family Saga'', a story about his own descent from Swedish emigrants. Barton also edited ''Letters from the Promised Land'', an anthology from 1979 with Swedish emigrants' letters. Barton served as a member of the Board of Directors of the Swedish-American Historic Society and is editor emeritus of the ''Swedish-American Historical Quarterly''.He holds an honorary doctorate from Uppsala University and was named Swedish American of the Year in 1988 by the Royal Swedish Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Vasa Order of America. In 2000, His Majesty Carl XVI Gustaf of Sweden bestowed on Barton the insignia of Commander of the Royal Order of the Polar Star.


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