Always the Young Strangers Author:Carl Sandburg The story of Carl Sandburg's life in the small town in which he was born, of his family, and of his friends and neighbors in which he reveals how America was ingrained in him. For assimilation of the immigrant and his children is not only in the tradition of America, but is one of her greatest strengths. It was in Galesburg, Illinois, that Carl ... more »Sandburg's Swedish immigrant parents had made their home in the new land, and it was there that he was born in 1878. Galesburg was typical of the American town of its size in that period, except that it was located in the heart of the Lincoln country and there were people around who had known Lincoln or at least had seen him at the time of the Lincoln-Douglas debate at Galesburg's Knox College. But Lincoln's place in history had not yet been fully assessed; it was only thirteen years since his death and the country had not fully recovered from its Civil War wounds.
However, the rounds of ordinary living went on, and in this account of the daily life of the Sandburg family, the reader gains some idea of the part the Swedes played in settling the Midwest. This one phase of Sandburg's life parallels one phase of American's history - each was having growing pains in the 90's and at the turn of the century - and the book that evolves is therefore more than just Sandburg's personal story of that phase of this life. It is a personal witness account of a changing scene in a changing country.« less