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