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Title John Wiita Papers [Wiita' first years in the United States]
Author Wiita, John
Date 1888-1978
Document Type Personal Account
Reference IHRC2841, Box 1, Folder 12
Library / Archive Immigration History Research Center Archives, University of Minnesota
Collection Name Wiita, John Papers, b. 1888
Description An account of John Wiita's first years in the United States, including his experiences of employment, and the development of his political beliefs.
Biographical Note / History John Wiita (1888-1984) was born in Ylistaro, Finland. After attending folk school, he came to the United States at the age of 17. He settled in Superior, Wisconsin, where he worked as a longshoreman and railroad car repairman and was active in the Superior Chapter of the Finnish Socialist Federation. He also attended and taught at the Work People's College in Duluth, Minnesota. In 1916, he moved to Detroit, Michigan and later to other places, always remaining active in Socialist organizations, particularly with the Finnish American and Finnish Canadian labor press, including Toveri, Socialisti, Tyomies, Vapaus and Eteenpäin. After the 1921 split within the Finnish Socialist Federation, Wiita became a functionary within the Finnish Federation and Worker's Party of America; however, by 1945, when he moved to Brooklyn, Connecticut, he had dropped his Communist Party membership. He became a realtor, helping to found the Northeastern Board of Realtors.
Theme(s) Permanent Settlement and Successive Generations; Politics, Legislation and Governance; Religion, Ethnic Identity and Community Relations; Journey Conditions
Country (from) Finland
Country (to) United States of America; Canada
Places Quebec, Canada
Ports Liverpool, England
Nationality Finnish; Polish; Swedish; Danish; Italian; Norwegian; European
Keywords socialism, communism, labour union, lumber camp, mining, railway, labour union, dockers, alcohol, newspaper, publications, health and sickness, seasickness, religion, cooperatives, holidays and celebrations
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Language English
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