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Research on German-Americans

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Alexys Hatley

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German Americans
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What types of jobs/labor did they do?
Germans were farmers, craftsmen, and indentured servants. Many of these jobs helped grow the state of Pennsylvania.

Who am I
I have a German heritage. My Great Grandfather immigrated to The United States from Germany. He moved to the Untited States in the 1800's, around when the large migration of Germans occurred. His family moved to Pennsylvania. Then to Indiana. My Grandmother was born in Hammond, Indiana. My mother was also born in Hammond, Indiana. Then my mother moved to NC, where I was then born and my sister. My Grandmother's maiden name is Dittrich, which comes from Germany. I have relatives that also came to America in the 1600's and 1700's from Switzerland.
Works cited page
Ethnic Research cites
"Irish and German Immigration." Ushistory.org. Independence Hall Association, n.d. Web. 29 Mar. 2017.
"German Immigrants." Immigration to the United States. N.p., n.d. Web. 30 Mar. 2017.
"National Constitution Center." National Constitution Center – Constitutioncenter.org. N.p., n.d. Web. 30 Mar. 2017.
"German - Building Institutions, Shaping Tastes - Immigration...- Classroom Presentation | Teacher Resources - Library of Congress." German - Building Institutions, Shaping Tastes - Immigration...- Classroom Presentation | Teacher Resources - Library of Congress. N.p., n.d. Web. 30 Mar. 2017.
"Khan Academy." Khan Academy. N.p., n.d. Web. 30 Mar. 2017.

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Two Questions:
Was it more personal or historical?
The story was more of a personal story because it was an personal experience for the Germans coming to America. The story had some feelings of when the got of the boat or saw lower Manhattan when they traveled. Also, it showed it as more personal because of their actions didn’t make a difference, which I think if their actions did make a difference, it would be a more historical. The places and cites that the Germans saw and visited were historical places like Washington D.C., New York City, Philadelphia, and Maryland. Overall, I think it was more of a personal story rather than an historical story.

What is the significance of this oral history?

The significance of this oral history is the grandparents, Omi and Opa, already learned how to speak english in German school. Another significant event in this oral story in history is it seemed easy for the Germans to fit in and settle into the united states with barely an troubles besides homesickness. I would be very homesick if I had to move to a different country.

German-American Narrative
Link to narrative: https://www.mtholyoke.edu/~molna22a/classweb/politics/germanpersonal.html
Research on German-Americans
When did Germans Migrate to America?
Although the Germans migrated before the 1800’s, the major migration of Germans occurred in between the 1820’s and WWI.

Why did people leave Germany?
One reason for immigrating to the United states was because of economical hardship. It was very hard to find a country where people would accept Germans, besides the U.S.
Where did they settle?
The state with most Germans in an American state is Pennsylvania. They also migrated to New York City, Baltimore, Cincinnati, St. Louis, and Milwaukee.
What additional reasons for leaving did people cite?
They also wanted to get away from political unrest because of riots and rebellion.
What cultural impact did they have on the United States?
They contributed to the American lifestyle by bringing school education. The Germans were very dedicated to their education. In 1855, the Germans made the first Kindergarten in America.
What language did they first speak when coming to the United States?
They spoke German. German almost became the official language for Americans but Muhlenberg, one of the first speakers of the house of representatives who is also German, had made it clear that German was not going to be America’s official language. And so, it was not.
Infusion of education or religion?
The Germans introduced the Americans to their way of education.
How were immigrants treated when they first arrived?
They, and Irish, were subjected to anti-foriegn prejudice and discrimination. During WWII, it became anti- German because of the fight against Germans.

What other important information did you find?
Even though there was an uproar in the early twentieth century of anti-German movements, there were still many cultural traces of what Germans left in America like these products: Bayer, Heinz, Chrysler, Busch, also hot dogs (frankfurters) and pretzels.

In this picture you can see six children of different nationalities, in a school classroom. They are of around the same age and well dressed. The children are happy in the school. The children are most likely studying math or science. Some questions that can be asked about this picture are as follows: Are they friends? What age are they? Are different nationalities accepted in the same school?
Information about photograph
: Group of schoolchildren representing some of the nationalities who play and study together at the San Leandro, California grade school. Nationalities represented are: French, Spanish, Portuguese, German and Oklahoma-born American.
Lee, Russell, 1903-1986
Published/Date Created
: 1942 April
Web address
: http://cdn.loc.gov/service/pnp/fsa/8d04000/8d04000/8d04037r.jpg
Why is this picture so important for us in understanding things about our past?
It is important to us to understand the photo because many different children of different nationalities are accepted into the same school. They seem very happy and comfortable with each other being in the same room. This picture represents a time when people who were different, were accepted into the same schools.

In this picture you can see a family smiling. The family is shown with one daughter, three sons, and a mother and father. The family are farmers. This German family are moving for a better life and job opportunity. All of the sons, including the father, work outside on the farm. Some questions that might be aksed are as follows: Where did they move to? What is the actual reason for moving? Ages of children? What part of Germany did they move from? Were they farmers before the moved to the United States?
Information of photo
German-American farm family. Lincoln County, Nebraska.
Vachon, John, 1914-1975
Published/date created
: 1938 Oct.-Nov.
Web Address:
Why is this picture so important for us in understanding things about our past?
This picture is important for us to understand because it shows how the German Americans were happy. They became farmers and are happy. Most Germans who came to America came for better economy, job, and money options. This picture shows how they got an opportunity of better life by immigrating.
In this picture you can see German Writing and other languages. In the background, there is food like in a market. There is a women and a smiling man. It is a market for all foreigners. The man on the right is the sales person. Some questions that might be asked about this picture are as follows: What is it like to meet people from different countries? Is he really happy? What other countries does he have the price of food for? What kinds of food is he selling?
Information on photo
Posting ceiling prices in foreign languages. Anthony Weber, proprietor of a store in the German section of New York, is selling a Westphalian ham to Mrs. Elizabeth Freygang. The names are German, but both are patriotic Americans, glad to be in the United States, where a storekeeper is free to keep such well-stocked racks of food. Weber has shown his support of his adopted country by posting his ceiling price list
Liberman, Howard
Published/Date Created:
1942 July.
Web Address:
Why is this picture so important for us in understanding things about our past?

This picture is so important because even though the two people are not Germans, the man sells German foods. There are no riots. The German foods are part of the German culture. It is surprising that most things of Germans culture are still here even through WWII when many German Americans were thought to betray Americans because they were originally from Germany. Also, how they were against the Nazis from Germany.
Important Details:
Who are they:
“Rosi and Gerd Heinsohn, whom I call Omi and Opa, and my mother, Ingrid, left Germany with 5 trunks, 2 suitcases of belongings, and $27 in pocket in 1955.”
Where are they from: They were from all over Germany. “Omi explains that it was important to maintain their German traditions. Being from the South of Germany, she had different traditions from Opa, who was from the north and whose mother was Italian.”
What was it like in their country of origin:
Rosi did not like new york city and lower Manhattan because they came from a small town in Germany.“Omi described Lower Manhattan as a “horrible sight,” especially having come from a small town.” There was barely any German food in America. Her favorite food was the German bread. “One item that Omi missed the most from her homeland was the German bread; in America she often bought white bread for 21 cents a loaf. She stated that overall the food was inexpensive and they could live decently with the little money they possessed. A German item that Omi could buy in American grocery stores was sauerkraut in a can.”
Relevant dates for birth and immigration: They immigrated to America in 1955 and arrived May 5th 1955.“Rosi and Gerd Heinsohn, whom I call Omi and Opa, and my mother, Ingrid, left Germany with 5 trunks, 2 suitcases of belongings, and $27 in pocket in 1955.” “Omi, Opa, and Ingrid (who was 2 years, 2 months) arrived in Hoboken, NJ May 5th 1955. “
Why did they come to America:
They moved for “good opportunity”. It didn’t specifically why they moved other than for good opportunity.
Where did they go:
They arrived in NY, then drove to Philadelphia for temporary housing. Then they moved to Washington D.C.“after 2 months of living in Philadelphia, Omi and Opa borrowed their friend’s car and went to the Washington, D.C. area where they found a place to live.”. Next the permanently moved to Kensington MD. “Later on, Omi and Opa bought a house in Kensington, MD.”
What was this transition like:
Life was somewhat better for them. They met many international friends that helped them through the move. They had many friends that housed and drove them from place to place. Buying items was easier but there were very few German foods there. “There at the school they made acquaintances with international friends.” “She stated that overall the food was inexpensive and they could live decently with the little money they possessed. A German item that Omi could buy in American grocery stores was sauerkraut in a can.”
Photo cite
"Farm Security Administration/Office of War Information Black-and-White Negatives: Search Results." Search Results: "German+americans" - Prints & Photographs Online Catalog (Library of Congress). N.p., n.d. Web. 07 Apr. 2017.
Narrative cite:
"From Europe to America: Immigration Through Family Tales." German Immigration: A Personal History. N.p., n.d. Web. 05 Apr. 2017.
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