Germans in Minnesota

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Minnesota Historical Society Press, Nov 20, 2014 - German Americans - 101 pages
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A concise history of Germans in Minesota including immigration pattern, the Catholic and Lutheran churches, cultural organizations, business and politics especially in the World War 1 year. Minnesota is often associated with its Scandinavian heritage, but in fact Germans are the largest single immigrant group in Minnesota history and were the largest ancestry group in the 2000 census. Author Kathleen Neils conzen tells the story of German Americans and their profound influence on Minnesota history and culture. Conzen recounts their triumphs and struggles over the last 150 years in a clear and concise narrative. Landing in poverty, Germans transformed acres of wilderness into productive farms and brought to America their love of art, music and sociability. Immigrants came to America intent on creating in the words of one agent, "an earthly paradise of this Minnesota "and" a new Germany" soon rose in Stearns Country. Conzen explores not only the well known enclaves in Brown and stearns Countries but also looks at the smaller communities of Winona, on the Iron Range, and along the North Shore, as well as in the Twin Cities. In recent times, a renewed interest in German heritage can be seen in towns like New Ulm, home to the thirty-two-foot statue of Hermann the German, hero of the wars against the ancient Roman legions, and Heritagefest, the ethnic heritage festival that occurs every summer. Germans in Minnesota is the fifth book in The People of Minnesota, a new series dedicated to telling the history of the state through the stories of its ethnic groups in accessible and illustrated paperbacks. Future volumes include Chinese in Minnesota (due Fall 2003), Mexicans in Minnesota (due Spring2004, Swedes in Minnesota (due Spring 2004), Poles in Minnesota (due Fall 2004), Ojibwe in Minnesota, Dakota in Minnesota, and Hmong in Minnesota.

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