German Immigrants in America: An Interactive History Adventure

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Describes the experiences of German immigrants upon arriving in America. The readers choices reveal historical details from the perspective of Germans who came to Texas in the 1840s, the Dakota Territory in the 1880s, and Wisconsin before the start of World War I.
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Describes the experiences of German immigrants upon arriving in America. The readers choices reveal historical details from the perspective of Germans who came to Texas in the 1840s, the Dakota Territory in the 1880s, and Wisconsin before the start of World War I.
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Children's Literature - Leslie Greaves Radloff
Using the "Choose Your Own Adventure" formula, Raum takes readers back to the late 19th and early 20th century during immigration to the United States. The scene is set for readers and a map is provided that shows where large communities of German immigrants live in the United States. Then, readers choose from one of three times: they can follow a path during immigration in the 1840s, immigration in the 1880s, or the years of the First World War. Each journey brings a different set of hopes and obstacles; through the different choices they make, readers learn much about the experiences of actual immigrants of the times. Many readers will no doubt choose one of the paths and be content. However, it is also possible to read straight through and learn much about the topic. A final chapter about German Americans is included, along with a glossary, a bibliography, and an index. One of the hardest things to explain when discussing German Americans is that there was no Germany as we know it today at the time of immigration. The unifying factor may have been language, religion (usually Lutheran or Catholic), point of origin (such as Bavaria), or politics (many German immigrants came to this country in the 1840s and 1880s to avoid conscription). Since this title and the others in the series are introductions to immigration, this is not discussed in great detail, but readers could find more information at local and state historical societies. Each of the titles in this series is highly readable and interesting for those with ties to the group mentioned, those who enjoy reading along with novels set at the time, or who enjoy history. Reviewer: Leslie Greaves Radloff
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Elizabeth Raum has written over two-dozen nonfiction books for young readers, including a biography of Louis Armstrong for Capstone Press. She also has written picture books and adult nonfiction titles. She has a degrees in English literature and library science. Over the years, she has worked as a middle school and high school English teacher, an elementary school librarian, and a college library director. She loves to read and enjoys helping other readers discover great books. Elizabeth Raum has written many nonfiction books for children. She has also written picture books and books for adults. Two of her Capstone You Choose books, "Orphan Trains: An Interactive History Adventure" (2011) and "Can You Survive Storm Chasing?" (2012), are Junior Library Guild selections. Elizabeth lives in Michigan with her husband, Richard. Over the years she has lived in Vermont, New Jersey, Virginia, New York, and North Dakota. She has two grown sons and two granddaughters, who like reading her books. Elizabeth enjoys biking, hiking, reading, and—of course—writing!
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Table of Contents

About Your Adventure     5
Choosing America     7
Taming Texas     11
Homesteading     41
A World at War     73
German Americans     101
Time Line     106
Other Paths to Explore     108
Read More     109
Internet Sites     109
Glossary     110
Bibliography     111
Index     112
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