Hopeful Journeys: German Immigration, Settlement, and Political Culture in Colonial America, 1717-1775 / Edition 1

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In 1700, some 250,000 white and black inhabitants populated the thirteen American colonies, with the vast majority of whites either born in England or descended from English immigrants. By 1776, the non-Native American population had increased tenfold, and non-English Europeans and Africans dominated new immigration. Of all the European immigrant groups, the Germans may have been the largest.

Aaron Spencer Fogleman has written the first comprehensive history of this eighteenth-century German settlement of North America. Utilizing a vast body of published and archival sources, many of them never before made accessible outside of Germany, Fogleman emphasizes the importance of German immigration to colonial America, the European context of the Germans' emigration, and the importance of networks to their success in America

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"A major contribution to our understanding of the re-peopling of America in the eighteenth century."—American Historical Review

"A book that is accessible to both layman and specialist alike."—Journal of American History

"The first comprehensive history of the settlement of Germans in the 1700s and how they influenced the economy, politics, and ways of life in the New World."—Pennsylvania

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780812215489
  • Publisher: University of Pennsylvania Press, Inc.
  • Publication date: 3/1/1996
  • Series: Early American Studies Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 272
  • Sales rank: 539,623
  • Product dimensions: 6.06 (w) x 9.01 (h) x 0.66 (d)

Meet the Author

Aaron Spencer Fogleman is Professor of History at Northern Illinois University. He is the author of Jesus Is Female: Moravians and Radical Religion in Early America, also published by the University of Pennsylvania Press.
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Table of Contents

List of Tables and Graphs
List of Maps
Introduction: An Immigrant Society 1
Ch. 1 A Changing World and the Lure from Abroad 15
Recovery and Reconstruction 18
Demographic Pressure, Scarcity, and Emigration 23
Destinations 28
Ch. 2 Peasant Communities and Peasant Migrations 36
The Case of the Northern Kraichgau 39
Aristocratic Resurgence and Peasant Resistance 42
Village Boundaries and Overcrowding 51
Family and Village Migrations 60
Ch. 3 Community, Settlement, and Mobility in Greater Pennsylvania 69
Community 71
Ethnic Settlements 80
The Role of the Church 86
Stable Ethnics 93
Ch. 4 The Radical Pietist Alternative 100
Radical Pietist Migrations 101
The Case of the Moravians 107
Migration and the Moravian Community 113
Ch. 5 Germans in the Streets: The Development of German Political Culture in Pennsylvania 127
Germans and Pennsylvania Politics 131
Thomas Penn and the Germans 135
German Political Interests 139
Penn's New Policy and the German Response 142
Ch. 6 The Structuring of a Multi-Ethnic Society 149
App. 1 Methods and Sources Used for Demographic Calculations in the Thirteen Colonies 155
App. 2 Volume and Timing of Legal Emigrations from Southwest Germany, 1687-1804 163
App. 3 Statistics for the Fifty-three Parishes Making Up the Northern Kraichgau Cohort of Emigrants to Pennsylvania, 1717-1775 165
App. 4 European Origins of German-Speaking, Radical Pietist Immigrants in Colonial America 168
App. 5 German-Speaking Immigrants Eligible for Naturalization 173
Notes 175
Bibliography 217
Index of Immigrants and Villagers 237
General Index 239
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