Citizens in a Strange Land: A Study of German-American Broadsides and Their Meaning for Germans in North America, 1730-1830

Citizens in a Strange Land: A Study of German-American Broadsides and Their Meaning for Germans in North America, 1730-1830

by Hermann Wellenreuther

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Citizens in a Strange Land: A Study of German-American Broadsides and Their Meaning for Germans in North America, 1730-1830 by Hermann Wellenreuther

In Citizens in a Strange Land, Hermann Wellenreuther examines the broadsides—printed single sheets—produced by the Pennsylvania German community. These broadsides covered topics ranging from local controversies and politics to devotional poems and hymns. Each one is a product of and reaction to a particular historical setting. To understand them fully, Wellenreuther systematically reconstructs Pennsylvania’s print culture, the material conditions of life, the problems German settlers faced, the demands their communities made on the individual settlers, the complications to be overcome, and the needs to be satisfied. He shows how these broadsides provided advice, projections, and comment on phases of life from cradle to grave.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780271059389
Publisher: Penn State University Press
Publication date: 06/01/2018
Series: Max Kade Research Institute Series: Germans Beyond Europe
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 384
Product dimensions: 7.00(w) x 9.90(h) x 1.00(d)

About the Author

Hermann Wellenreuther is Professor Emeritus at the Georg-August University in Göttingen.

Table of Contents

Contents

List of Illustrations

Preface and Acknowledgments

Introduction

1 The German-American Printing World

2 The German-American Secular World

3 Praying and Reading: House Devotions of German Settlers

4 Pennsylvania Politics and German Political Broadsides, 1730–1830

Conclusion

Appendix A: Georg Hohmann’s Broadsides

Appendix B: Statistical Tables

Notes

Bibliography

Index

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