John Bieter

An Enduring Legacy: The Basques in Idaho

This presentation applies sociologist Marcus L. Hansen’s “Law of Third Generation Return.” In short, Hansen argues that children of immigrants wish to forget what the grandchildren want to remember. Bieter traces the opportunities offered and choices made of each generation of American-Basques as they make their way in Idaho. He places this case study of immigration into Idaho against the larger backdrop of American history and immigration and describes how this group has added to the unique history of our state.