The German American Family Album

The German American Family Album

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"My grandparents valued freedom, but even more they valued opportunity. They appreciated America for that gift."--Bill Eckhardt, a third-generation German American. Descendants of German immigrants form the largest single ethnic group among the United States population today. They came to this country as farmers and craftspeople, students, teachers, and laborers, and today they count among their descendants Presidents of the United States, sports stars, entertainers, scientists, writers, and businessmen. In fact, German American influences are so deeply embedded in the culture of the United States that many people are unaware of their origins. Hamburgers and hotdogs, American kindergarten ("children's garden" in German), most of the customs we associate with Christmas, and even the Easter bunny and his eggs all spring from the German American community. The German American Family Album traces the growth of that community from the first German to reach the New World in the year 1000 (his name was Tyrker and he was a companion of the Scandinavian seafarer Leif Eriksson) to the 7 million German Americans in this country today. In their own words--from diary entries, letters, interviews, and personal reflections--and with photographs and clippings culled from family archives and the press of the day, we learn of their life in the old country, of the decision to leave home, the often wretched trip to America, and the new life they found once they got here. Their three-centuries-long history of achievement in the United States is a moving and inspirational story. To see it and hear it through the eyes of the immigrant is an experience that makes history personal and immediate.show more

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  • 12-17
  • Paperback | 127 pages
  • 216.9 x 280.2 x 10.2mm | 462.81g
  • Oxford University Press Inc
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • 0195124227
  • 9780195124224

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"A useful addition to ethnic studies."--School Library Journal"Chapters are richly illustrated with old family photos as well as images drawn from posters, paintings, and prints. Many interesting sidebars also enliven the account. The story is woven from oral histories of ordinary people as well as those whose names became familiar across America."--Illinois Heritage Association Newsletter"This volume touches on all German-speaking comers, from within and from far beyond the borders of the former Bismarck Reich."--Society for German American Studies Newsletter"[A] delightful book...valuable...outstanding."--German Genealogical Digest"A uniformly interesting series. Lavishly illustrated.... Well worth a close reading."--The New York Times Book Review"Very well organized. Text, sidebars, and excerpts from actual diaries, along with excellent photographs, present an interesting, well-balanced view of the German experience... It can be read in one or two evenings, but leaves a lasting impression."--Journal of the West Manhattanshow more

About Dorothy Hoobler

Dorothy and Thomas Hoobler have published more than 50 books for children and have been honored by the Library of Congress, the New York Public Library, the National Council for the Social Studies, and the Society for School Librarians International. They live in New York City.show more

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