Everything you need to understand or teach The Emigrants by Vilhelm Moberg.
Karl Oskar inherits his land in 1844, which is the same year when King Oskar I ascends the throne of Sweden and Norway. With the property Karl also inherits a debt worth three quarters of its value. He must work for as long as he lives to repay it.
Karl Oskar meets Kristina when she is seventeen. He has to wait three years before they can get married. To be approved by his wife's parents he also has to have a farmstead.
Karl Oskar's brother Robert is known for his disobedience. When he is fifteen, he is sent to work as a farmhand for Aron of Nybacken. He resents working for others so much that he considers killing himself on the way. He simulates his own death, but is caught by Aron himself as he tries to reach Karlshamn by the sea. He punished and taken back to Nybacken...
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