Germans in Michigan

Germans in Michigan

by Jeremy W. Kilar, J. Kilar
     
 

Germans are the largest ancestral group in Michigan, representing over 2.6 million descendants or 22% of the state’s population. Yet, unlike other immigrant groups, Germans have not retained their linguistic and cultural traditions as part of a distinct ethnic identity. The Bavarian villages of Frankenmuth and Gaylord stand as testaments to the once proud and

Overview

Germans are the largest ancestral group in Michigan, representing over 2.6 million descendants or 22% of the state’s population. Yet, unlike other immigrant groups, Germans have not retained their linguistic and cultural traditions as part of a distinct ethnic identity. The Bavarian villages of Frankenmuth and Gaylord stand as testaments to the once proud and vigorous German communities that dotted both rural and urban Michigan landscapes. Jeremy W. Kilar explores the social forces that transformed Germans from inward-looking immigrants to citizens in the cultural mainstream. Germans in Michigan is a story of assimilation and renewal and as such reveals the complexities of Americanization and immigration as social forces.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780870136191
Publisher:
Michigan State University Press
Publication date:
02/28/2002
Series:
Discovering the Peoples of Michigan Series
Pages:
58
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.30(d)

Meet the Author

Jeremy W. Kilar is Professor of History at Delta College. He is the author of several articles on German Americans and has written several books on Michigan culture and peoples.

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