25 Facts About German American


German American was followed in 1608 by five glassmakers and three carpenters or house builders.

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German American Catholics did not arrive in number until after the War of 1812.

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Less than 150 of those first indentured German American farmers made it to Louisiana and settled along what became known as the German American Coast.

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German immigrants settled in other areas of the American South, including around the Dutch Fork area of South Carolina, and Texas, especially in the Austin and San Antonio areas.

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German American farmers were renowned for their highly productive animal husbandry and agricultural practices.

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Whereas half of German American immigrants settled in cities, the other half established farms in the Midwest.

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German American helped secure the votes of German-Americans across the United States for Abraham Lincoln.

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Western railroads, with large land grants available to attract farmers, set up agencies in Hamburg and other German American cities, promising cheap transportation, and sales of farmland on easy terms.

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In 1900, many German American Democrats returned to their party and voted for Bryan, perhaps because of President William McKinley's foreign policy.

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Hugo Munsterberg, a German American psychologist, moved to Harvard in the 1890s and became a leader in the new profession.

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German American was president of the American Psychological Association in 1898, and the American Philosophical Association in 1908, and played a major role in many other American and international organizations.

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German American's Fortnightly Review was a major conservative voice read closely by church leaders and intellectuals from 1894 until 1934.

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German American provided lengthy commentary regarding the National Catholic Welfare Conference, the anti-Catholic factor in the presidential campaign of 1928, the hardships of the Great Depression, and the liberalism of the New Deal.

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One person was killed by a mob; in Collinsville, Illinois, German American-born Robert Prager was dragged from jail as a suspected spy and lynched.

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Many Americans of German ancestry had top war jobs, including General Dwight D Eisenhower, Admiral Chester W Nimitz, and USAAF General Carl Andrew Spaatz.

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Four major US regions, German American was the most-reported ancestry in the Midwest, second in the West, and third in both the Northeast and the South.

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German American was the top reported ancestry in 23 states, and it was one of the top five reported ancestries in every state except Maine and Rhode Island.

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German American immigration was on the decline, and with subsequent generations integrating into English-speaking society, the German American language press began to struggle.

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The Old Order Amish and a majority of the Old Order Mennonites still speak dialects of German American, including Pennsylvania German American, informally known as Pennsylvania Dutch.

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The German American speaking "Russian" Mennonites migrated during the same time as the Hutterites, but assimilated relatively quickly in the United States, whereas groups of "Russian" Mennonites in Canada resisted assimilation.

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The U S has no official language, but use of German was strongly discouraged during World WarI and fell out of daily use in many places.

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German American-speaking taverns, beer gardens and saloons were all shut down by Prohibition; those that reopened in 1933 spoke English.

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Influence of German American cuisine is seen in the cuisine of the United States throughout the country, especially regarding pastries, meats and sausages, and above all, beer.

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German American bakers introduced the pretzel, which is popular across the United States.

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Later German immigrants figured prominently in the rebirth of craft brews following Prohibition, culminating in the microbrew movement that swept the U S beginning in the late 1980s.

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