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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 336 pages
  • Publisher: University of North Texas Press (November 21, 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1574411349
  • ISBN-13: 978-1574411348
  • Product Dimensions: 1 x 6.5 x 9.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,826,776 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"It has so much to offer those of us interested in German-American heritage and, more particularly, German-Texan heritage." -- Victoria Advocate

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Andreas Reichstein is a Lecturer on American History at the University of Hamburg and a program consultant for NDR (North German Radio). His previous book, The Rise of the Lone Star , won the Elizabeth Broocks-Bates Award, T. R. Fehrenbach Book Award, and the Texas Historical Foundation Book Award. He lives in Bremen, Germany.

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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Gernot Kellermann on February 26, 2002
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The title is not half as catching as the book itself. The well known historian Terry G. Jordan (author of German Seed in Texas Soil) wrote about this book: "In this unique biographical case study of 19th-century German migration to the United States, Andreas Reichstein deals with one family's life on both sides of the Atlantic, allowing the reader to understand the 'push' factors that drove the Wagners to emigrate, and the 'pull' factors drawing them to the United States, as well as the cultural changes required for adaptation to America." The book is truly fascinating to read (with exeption of the introduction). Its full of details which bring the past to life -- the situation in Germany in the 19th century as well as the hardships on the frontier. Yet, there's even more to this book. Its not just a vividly told story of immigrant families on the Texas and Illinois frontier but, it also describes what made immigrants become Americans. Its a compelling study about identity, about the past and the - possible -- future of the United States. Rarely have I read a book that intrigued me as much as this one.
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I liked the approach of the author and the research done in order to examine the growth of two brothers and their families coming from the old world to the new world. For me, his analysis is thought provoking since my ancestors went through a similar process in the same time period under similar circumstances.
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