Becoming German

The 1709 Palatine Migration to New York

Author: Philip Otterness

Publisher: Cornell University Press

ISBN: 0801471168

Category: History

Page: 256

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Becoming German tells the intriguing story of the largest and earliest mass movement of German-speaking immigrants to America. The so-called Palatine migration of 1709 began in the western part of the Holy Roman Empire, where perhaps as many as thirty thousand people left their homes, lured by rumors that Britain's Queen Anne would give them free passage overseas and land in America. They journeyed down the Rhine and eventually made their way to London, where they settled in refugee camps. The rumors of free passage and land proved false, but, in an attempt to clear the camps, the British government finally agreed to send about three thousand of the immigrants to New York in exchange for several years of labor. After their arrival, the Palatines refused to work as indentured servants and eventually settled in autonomous German communities near the Iroquois of central New York. Becoming German tracks the Palatines' travels from Germany to London to New York City and into the frontier areas of New York. Philip Otterness demonstrates that the Palatines cannot be viewed as a cohesive "German" group until after their arrival in America; indeed, they came from dozens of distinct principalities in the Holy Roman Empire. It was only in refusing to assimilate to British colonial culture—instead maintaining separate German-speaking communities and mixing on friendly terms with Native American neighbors—that the Palatines became German in America.
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Germany and the Americas

Culture, Politics, and History : a Multidisciplinary Encyclopedia

Author: Thomas Adam

Publisher: ABC-CLIO

ISBN: 1851096280

Category: History

Page: 1307

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This comprehensive encyclopedia details the close ties between the German-speaking world and the Americas, examining the extensive Germanic cultural and political legacy in the nations of the New World and the equally substantial influence of the Americas on the Germanic nations. * Individual articles cover all facets of German-American relations, complete with extensive end-of-entry references * Extensive and wide-ranging illustrations feature pictures of figures from Babe Ruth to Alexander von Humboldt
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A Peculiar Mixture

German-Language Cultures and Identities in Eighteenth-Century North America

Author: Jan Stievermann,Oliver Scheiding

Publisher: Penn State Press

ISBN: 9780271063010

Category: History

Page: 296

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Through innovative interdisciplinary methodologies and fresh avenues of inquiry, the nine essays collected in A Peculiar Mixture endeavor to transform how we understand the bewildering multiplicity and complexity that characterized the experience of German-speaking people in the middle colonies. They explore how the various cultural expressions of German speakers helped them bridge regional, religious, and denominational divides and eventually find a way to partake in America’s emerging national identity. Instead of thinking about early American culture and literature as evolving continuously as a singular entity, the contributions to this volume conceive of it as an ever-shifting and tangled “web of contact zones.” They present a society with a plurality of different native and colonial cultures interacting not only with one another but also with cultures and traditions from outside the colonies, in a “peculiar mixture” of Old World practices and New World influences. Aside from the editors, the contributors are Rosalind J. Beiler, Patrick M. Erben, Cynthia G. Falk, Marie Basile McDaniel, Philip Otterness, Liam Riordan, Matthias Schönhofer, and Marianne S. Wokeck.
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Enduring Loss in Early Modern Germany

Cross Disciplinary Perspectives

Author: N.A

Publisher: BRILL

ISBN: 9004185348

Category: History

Page: 508

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Cross-disciplinary perspectives on responses to material and spiritual loss in early modern Germany trace how individuals and communities registered, coped with, and made sense of deprivation through a spectrum of activities, often turning loss into gain and acquiring agency.
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Kindred by Choice

Germans and American Indians since 1800

Author: H. Glenn Penny

Publisher: UNC Press Books

ISBN: 1469607654

Category: History

Page: 392

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How do we explain the persistent preoccupation with American Indians in Germany and the staggering numbers of Germans one encounters as visitors to Indian country? As H. Glenn Penny demonstrates, that preoccupation is rooted in an affinity for American Indians that has permeated German cultures for two centuries. This affinity stems directly from German polycentrism, notions of tribalism, a devotion to resistance, a longing for freedom, and a melancholy sense of shared fate. Locating the origins of the fascination for Indian life in the transatlantic world of German cultures in the nineteenth century, Penny explores German settler colonialism in the American Midwest, the rise and fall of German America, and the transnational worlds of American Indian performers. As he traces this phenomenon through the twentieth century, Penny engages debates about race, masculinity, comparative genocides, and American Indians' reactions to Germans' interests in them. He also assesses what persists of the affinity across the political ruptures of modern German history and challenges readers to rethink how cultural history is made.
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The New York Genealogical and Biographical Record

Author: Richard Henry Greene,Henry Reed Stiles,Melatiah Everett Dwight,George Austin Morrison,Hopper Striker Mott,Louis Effingham De Forest,John Reynolds Totten,Harold Minot Pitman,Conklin Mann,Charles Andrew Ditmas,Arthur S. Maynard

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: N.A

Category: New York (State)

Page: N.A

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Early Eighteenth Century Palatine Emigration

A British Government Redemptioner Project to Manufacture Naval Stores

Author: Walter Allen Knittle

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9780788419775

Category: History

Page: 342

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"First thorough study of the first large German immigration." Appendices list about 12,000 names of Palatines.
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New York History

Quarterly Journal of the New York State Historical Association

Author: N.A

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: N.A

Category: New York (State)

Page: N.A

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