Contented Among Strangers; Rural German-Speaking Women and Their Families in the Nineteenth-Century Midwest

Contented Among Strangers; Rural German-Speaking Women and Their Families in the Nineteenth-Century Midwest

by Linda Pickle
     
 

ISBN-10: 0252064720

ISBN-13: 9780252064722

Pub. Date: 02/28/1996

Publisher: University of Illinois Press

German-Americans make up one of the largest ethnic groups in the United States, yet their very success at assimilating has also made them one of the least visible. What were their experiences? What cultural baggage did they bring with them, and how did it affect their lives in America? How did the German-speaking immigrants differ among themselves, and how did these…  See more details below

Overview

German-Americans make up one of the largest ethnic groups in the United States, yet their very success at assimilating has also made them one of the least visible. What were their experiences? What cultural baggage did they bring with them, and how did it affect their lives in America? How did the German-speaking immigrants differ among themselves, and how did these differences influence their behavior and reactions? Contented among Strangers attempts to answer these questions by examining the central role German-speaking women played in preserving their ethnic and cultural identity in rural areas of the Midwest. Even while living far from their original homelands, these women applied traditional European patterns of rural family life and values to their new homes in Illinois, Iowa, Kansas, Missouri, and Nebraska. As a result they were often more content with their modest lives than were their Anglo-American counterparts. Through personal recollections - including interesting diary accounts translated by the author, church and community documents, and migration and census data - Pickle reveals the diversity and richness of the women's experiences.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780252064722
Publisher:
University of Illinois Press
Publication date:
02/28/1996
Series:
Statue of Liberty Ellis Island Series
Pages:
336
Sales rank:
1,303,380
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.90(d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Introduction1
1"The Best Household Utensil": Women and Families before Emigration23
2Arriving, Settling In, and Surviving: Emigration and the Concrete Aspects of Adaptation41
3Adventure, Alienation, and Adaptation: The Subjective Experiences of Immigrant Life91
4Strangers in a Strange Land: Women and Their Families in Special Groups131
5The Rural German-Speakers and Their Descendants: Reflections on Ethnicity in America181
App. A. Sources on German-Speaking Immigrant Women and Their Families201
App. B. German-Speakers as Immigrants and Midwest Residents: A Statistical Analysis207
Notes231
Index303

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