Socialist Visions of American Dreams: The Finnish Settler Lives of Oskari Tokoi and Frank Aaltonen
Affiliation: University of Helsinki, FI
Affiliation: None, FI
Chapter from the book: Andersson R. & Lahti J. 2022. Finnish Settler Colonialism in North America: Rethinking Finnish Experiences in Transnational Spaces.
This chapter provides a window to settler colonialism through the political activities and perceptions of two Finnish socialists of Oskari Tokoi and Frank Aaltonen. It looks at how Tokoi and Aaltonen built their identities through movement in transnational frameworks, their relationship to land and Indigenous peoples, and understanding of settler rights. Oskari Tokoi and Frank Aaltonen espoused the idea of Finnish exceptionalism and that the Finns had a share in the American Dream.