"I came in August, and my parents threatened me with – they would talk Danish to me until Christmas. 'And then we're not going to say another Danish word to you, so you better learn.' … They had a different attitude toward an immigrant then. They would make fun of you, where they don't do that now. If you speak with a terrific brogue, why that might even be, you know, something good about that. And they will look at you as, you know what I mean. Whereas when I came, if you didn't speak English, well, boy, they looked down at you. And you would really go to work and try to rub that out because that was not looked at as being anything interesting. Whereas now if someone has a foreign brogue, Heaven's sake, they teach school with that."

Carla Due on Learning English


Other Excerpts from Carla Due's Interview:

Buzzed by Low-Flying Bombers
Barn Dances in the 1940s
The Stock Market Crash
RFD to Main Street
Banks Closing
Local Politics
The Eggs & Cream Economy
The World Economy
Surviving the Tornado
The Radio
Diversity of Churches
Immigrating to Nebraska
Carla's Trip to Nebraska
Plowing with Horses & Mules