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My Farm on the Mississippi: The Story of a German in Missouri, 1945-1948 Hardcover – June 4, 2001

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 184 pages
  • Publisher: University of Missouri; First American Edition edition (June 4, 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0826213324
  • ISBN-13: 978-0826213327
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.8 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,279,587 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"My Farm on the Mississippi is the work of a gifted writer. It provides insight into a place and time that we know little about. I don't know of any better descriptions of farmwork, its challenges and its rewards, or of the benevolence and malevolence of the natural world anywhere."—Adolf E. Schroeder

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Text: English (translation)
Original Language: German

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Paul Rudolph Fessler on December 6, 2001
Format: Hardcover
Original version published by Paul Fessler in H-Net Book Review for H-GAGCS listserv
An academic's recommendation of a book as a "good read", however, can often be regarded as suspect by undergraduates and general readers. Perhaps our overexposure to dissertations and monographs have perverted our sense of what constitutes an enjoyable and easy to read book. To counteract such biases and perversions, I asked my wife to read Hauser's book. This book passed my wife's test. If only all books published by academic presses could boast such accessibility.
Originally published in Germany in 1950, My Farm on the Mississippi was clearly written for a non-academic audience. In this brief, very accessible book, Heinrich Hauser, an opponent of the Nazi regime and wartime German refugee, turns his three years from 1945-1948 on a Missouri farm near the German-American community of Wittenberg into an engaging adventure story. This book caught the eye of Curt Poulton, a historical geographer and translator at the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs, who translated this work into English. Poulton argues that Hauser, as a German living among a German immigrant community in the wake of World War II, offers invaluable commentary upon this 1940s "postimmigrant America" where immigrants' native language and customs were still alive.
In 1939, Hauser, a prolific writer of fiction and non-fiction, escaped from Germany with his Jewish wife and two children. After unsuccessfully trying his hand at farming in upstate New York and then at city life in Chicago, Hauser and his wife yearned for the romantic fresh air of the proverbial American heartland. With no prospects or firm destination, Hauser set off for St.
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