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Maria von Blucher's Corpus Christi: Letters from the South Texas Frontier, 1849-1879 (Canseco-Keck History Series) Hardcover


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Product Details

  • Series: Canseco-Keck History Series (Book 5)
  • Hardcover: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Texas A&M University Press; 1st edition (February 5, 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 158544135X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1585441358
  • Product Dimensions: 1.1 x 6.5 x 9.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,980,930 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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“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)

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BRUCE S. CHEESEMAN is former director of the Museum of the Gulf Coast in Port Arthur.

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Midwest Book Review on June 5, 2002
Format: Hardcover
Adroitly edited by Texas historian Bruce S. Cheeseman, Maria Von Blucher's Corpus Christi: Letters From The South Texas Frontier, 1849-1879 presents the correspondence by a young German-American pioneer who made a new life in Texas with her husband. Here portrayed are first person accounts of weathering Indian raids, droughts, the American Civil War, and the development of a town that her descendants would help evolve into a great city. A touching, personal narrative that takes the reader deep into the joys, frustrations, tribulations, and triumphs of pioneer life, Maria von Blucher's Corpus Christi is a superbly presented and highly recommended contribution to Pioneer Studies and Texas History supplemental reading lists and reference collections.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By C. Baker on June 11, 2007
Format: Hardcover
This first hand account of life in early Corpus Christi, Texas along with the background information provided was an invaluable resource for me in researching and understanding my own family's immigration from Germany to Texas in the 1840's.
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This was such a great book. Absolutely fascinating that a family actually kept all the letters she wrote, that they were translated in an interesting way, and that she lived in such an interesting period of history. Loved the insight for this particular period of Texas history.
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An intimate look at early Texas history, seen through a woman's eyes. Maria's life was so different from what we know in our modern, convenience-laden society---and yet, so many of her problems were the same as women across the globe and across the centuries. I was fascinated by her account of life in early Corpus Christi.
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