Building the American Dream


By Curtis C. Roseman. Swedish immigrants Gustaf Adoph Johnson and Selma Anna Sofia Carlson built a family and a career in a Midwestern town during the early twentieth century. Drawing on detailed records left by Gust, this book tells the story of his carpentry and contracting activities, most especially the eighty houses he built. It also tells the story of Gust and Selma's family, their activities, travels, and tragedies, using family letters, diaries, and other family records. Read a newspaper feature on the book.