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German Settlement in Missouri: New Land, Old Ways (MISSOURI HERITAGE READERS) Paperback – December 1, 1996


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Product Details

  • Age Range: 8 and up
  • Grade Level: 4 and up
  • Series: MISSOURI HERITAGE READERS (Book 1)
  • Paperback: 144 pages
  • Publisher: University of Missouri; First Edition edition (December 1, 1996)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0826210945
  • ISBN-13: 978-0826210944
  • Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 5.9 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,172,905 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Robyn Burnett is a senior analyst for the Missouri Division of Budget and Planning in Jefferson City. Ken Luebbering is Professor of English at Lincoln University in Jefferson City, Missouri. They have conducted studies of German community life, culture, and traditions for a number of years.


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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Paul Eckler on August 8, 2006
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"German Settlement in Missouri: New Land, Old Ways," by Robyn Burnett and Ken Luebbering, University of Missouri Press, Columbia, MO, 1996. This 116 p paperback is part of the Missouri Heritage Reader series, intended for new adult readers, presumably for English as a second language training. As such, German Settlement provides 27 articles, most four to six pages in length, which survey the subject quite well. Most articles are illustrated with black and white photographs from archive collections. The book is indexed, and contains a three page annotated list for additional reading, but no references.

The first chapter introduces the subject providing a map of Missouri showing German settlements. Some are spread throughout the state but most are concentrated along the Missouri River from St. Louis about 200 miles westward or on a 100-mile stretch of the Mississippi River south of St. Louis. A map of Prussia follows summarizing where the German immigrants came from, but the reasons given, "economic hardship and political turmoil . . . attracted by stories of cheap land, available jobs, low taxes, and political freedom" seem a bit thin. Rigid inheritance laws (the laws of primogenitor-giving all property to the oldest son) and compulsory military service, the reasons most often cited, are not even mentioned.

German immigrants to Missouri are often called "followers of Duden." Godfried Duden was a Prussian lawyer who settled in rural Warren Co., MO, 50 miles west of St. Louis, in 1824. He was able to hire others to farm his land while he spent most of his time traveling and writing. He returned to Germany in 1827, and published a report singing the virtues of settling in Missouri in 1829.
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By Ronald G. Raithel on October 30, 2013
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Thanks! I'm really enjoying this revisit of my heritage; giving more fulfillment and enjoyment to our trips around the state
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Very interesting reading to learn how the early settlers coped with their new country. It makes one think that immigrants today face similar type challenges.
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2 of 6 people found the following review helpful By R. laws on February 13, 2009
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this was more of a pamplet than a book . you shold of told me that up front . it was interesting but very small .
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