“This is a fascinating book. Maria von Blucher’s letters are highly informative reading for anyone who is interested in learning about the daily life of a woman and her family in nineteenth-century Texas, particularly from a German perspective. Maria von Blucher’s correspondence can also be viewed as one of the earliest examples of writing produced by a woman who wrote in the German language in Texas. Maria von Blucher’s edited correspondence is a book well worth reading and rereading, and I highly recommend it to anyone interested in the story of the German experience in Texas.”--German-Texan Heritage Society
(German-Texan Heritage Society
“Maria’s letters add a new voice to story of German Texas immigrants. In addition to being valuable sources of social history, the letters also document the process of language loss and acculturation on the frontier. Letters. . .is a well-organized, beautifully illustrated resource. Bruce Cheeseman selected passages that create a compelling psychological drama in a rich historical setting in an eventful era.”--East Texas State Historical Association
(East Texas Historical Association
About the Author
BRUCE S. CHEESEMAN is former director of the Museum of the Gulf Coast in Port Arthur.