Immigrant Epistolary and Epistemology: On the Motivators and Mentality of Nineteenth-Century German Immigrants

March 2009
Journal of American Ethnic History;Spring2009, Vol. 28 Issue 3, p34
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The article presents an examination into the motivations and mentalities of 19th-century German immigrants to the United States through analysis of their letters sent back to their home country. Discussion is given outlining the level of knowledge that potential immigrants had concerning life in U.S. society, highlighting the elements which motivated their ventures. Further examination is given describing the attitudes and practices of the immigrant community once in the U.S. with regard to assimilating and adjusting to American life.


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