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In Search of a Home: Nineteenth-Century Wendish Immigration Hardcover – October, 1989

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In the previous century a large portion of the smallest of the Slavonic nations left their German homeland and migrated to three distant continents. George R. Nielsen, in this revised edition of his classic study of Wendish migration, carefully describes the details of immigration and weighs the possible explanations for the exodus, the settlement, and acculturation patterns that resulted.

The earliest emigrants traveled to Australia, but despite efforts to encourage unity, they were unsuccessful, and no single, large Wendish settlement was formed. The largest number migrated to Texas, where at Serbin, under the leadership of pastor Jan Kilian, they formed a Wendish community, retaining their own language in church, school, and home. Local agricultural conditions, however, proved too poor to sustain many people, so the Wends of Texas also scattered and eventually lost most of their ethnic distinctiveness. Smaller numbers of Wends migrated to Canada, Nebraska, and South Africa. These Wends generally settled among Germans and were absorbed by the local German communities.

This work promises to continue as the standard reference on the overseas resettlement of these distinctive people.

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 213 pages
  • Publisher: Texas A&M University Press; Rev Sub edition (October 1989)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0890964009
  • ISBN-13: 978-0890964002
  • Product Dimensions: 9.3 x 6.4 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,655,831 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on March 23, 1998
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The best book available on Wendish History. It traces the second smallest group to ever come to America through their lives in Germany to building a new life in Texas. Unlike other books on the Wends it looks at the bad as well as the good. A narrow area of study, but this is the source if you want a base to build from in your study of the Wends.
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By Dora on June 12, 2014
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I was glad to receive this book for the information. It was clearly a used book. I paid full price for this book. The last part I did not care for. But I was very happy to learn more about the Wends.
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