Germans in the Southwest, 1850-1920

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Many of the Germans who came to the United States in the nineteenth century ventured far beyond the Atlantic coast to seek their fortunes. Tomas Jaehn examines the experiences of those Germans who settled in the Hispanic Southwest, especially New Mexico, up to the end of World War I.

Jaehn relies on literary works by Karl May, Balduin Möllhausen, and Alphonse Bandelier to show how Germans viewed the region and its cultures and how they adjusted to life in the Southwest. His ...

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Overview

Many of the Germans who came to the United States in the nineteenth century ventured far beyond the Atlantic coast to seek their fortunes. Tomas Jaehn examines the experiences of those Germans who settled in the Hispanic Southwest, especially New Mexico, up to the end of World War I.

Jaehn relies on literary works by Karl May, Balduin Möllhausen, and Alphonse Bandelier to show how Germans viewed the region and its cultures and how they adjusted to life in the Southwest. His analysis of the Germans' economic, political, and social behavior suggests the region's Hispanic citizens were hospitable to both Jewish and Gentile German arrivals. The arrival of thousands of Anglo Americans by railroad in the early 1880s, however, caused all non-Hispanics to become racially and socially more aware. The long-established Southwest Germans began shielding their cultural identity by celebrating their ethnicity in clubs, churches, and temples that had long exemplified the German presence in the American Midwest. World War I and new immigration laws after World War I concluded the influx of Germans into New Mexico, but those who had arrived before continued their acculturation to the Southwest as well as the celebrations of their heritage.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780826334985
  • Publisher: University of New Mexico Press
  • Publication date: 6/1/2005
  • Pages: 256
  • Product dimensions: 6.30 (w) x 9.48 (h) x 0.86 (d)

Meet the Author

Tomas Jaehn was born in Germany and educated in Hamburg and the United States. He is curator of library collections at the Angelico Chavez History Library, Palace of the Governors, Santa Fe, New Mexico.

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Table of Contents

Ch. 1 The Hispanic Southwest in German literature 7
Ch. 2 A profile of the German ethnicity in New Mexico 27
Ch. 3 Apathy and partisanship : Germans' influence in politics 51
Ch. 4 Capitalistic beginnings : a reformation of New Mexico's economy 73
Ch. 5 The preservation of Kultur in a multicultural environment 103
Ch. 6 World War One : the end of an era 131
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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 23, 2008

    Good New Mexico History

    This book is a must read for those whose German ancestors settled in New Mexico. It was like looking at their daily lives and what New Mexico was like before statehood. My German forefathers settled in New Mexico and one of them was mentioned in the book. The professional reviewers of this book just don't realize the early German influence in New Mexico that is still carried today.

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