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"...a broad, in-depth, but manageable one-tome product for the general reader." -- Society for German-American Studies Newsletter, June 2000

"...a must for every American whose ancestors came to our shores from a German-speaking country...excellent work..." -- Vereinsnachrichten, September, 2000

About the Author

Don Heinrich Tolzmann (Cleves, OH) is an award-winning writer and curator of the German-Americana Collection and director of the German-American Studies Program at the University of Cincinnati.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 466 pages
  • Publisher: Humanity Books; Second Printing edition (January 1, 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1573927317
  • ISBN-13: 978-1573927314
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.9 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #204,822 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I actually took two classes with Dr. Tolzmann at the University of Cincinnati and that is how I came to know this book. I hadn't read the book in some years and picked it up again recently. Dr. Tolzmann is a fascinating man and clearly has a passion for his interests. This shines through in all of his work. I recommend this book highly to those with German heritage.
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I found this book very enlightening. I originally thought my family had came from Germany in the mid-1800's because my family told stories about family members being able to speak German. After reading this book and doing a little family tree work, I found out to my surprise that my family had lived in the US since at least the 1700's and had passed down the language for many generations. This book does a great job of explaining the major German immigration routes, i.e., mainly through PA.

I also found the chapter describing German-American influence on American culture very useful, e.g., that our educational system is modeled after the Prussian system.

This is a great book and I highly recommend.
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I have not finished the book yet. I have learned a lot but it is slow reading like a text book.The effort in the beginning to reveal every moment that a German had anything to do with the New World was both tiring and interesting. Tiring because of the level of detail. Interesting because I had no idea Germans were in North and South America so early on. I shall be reading this for a long time.
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This is a much better book to read than German-Americans. It seems to focus on all great German Americans in the US.
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This book has serious problems both with accuracy and with scholarly integrity. Certainly, readers who know nothing of German-American history can learn important information from reading the book, but it is badly outdated, wrong in too many instances, and much of it is copied from an older work. Read the details in the H-Net review: [...]
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