German Immigration in the 1800s


Why Did They Leave?


German Immigrants came America for many reasons. They came to escape religious and political persecution in Germany. They also wanted to come for freedom of all kinds, to put their dreams in action, and for a better, thriving, economy. Most came to escape poverty, come for a fresh start, or to be with family that was already settled in America. These were the main reasons that Germans immigrated to America.

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A family of newly arrived immigrants in America
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German immigrants





Experiences After Arrival


When the German immigrants arrived in America they were joyful. The Germans that immigrated to New York often were skilled in farming or mechanics and came with a small amount of money. Many also have received an education. When they were settled some German immigrants opened small stores and farms. Older German immigrants created the German Society of New York to help the new, poor Germans of New York. This society helped give medical care and secure jobs for the new arrivals from Germany.
Other Germans moved to Milwaukee and Cincinnati. Today, many German-Americans live in Milwaukee and Cincinnati. The immigrants found a peaceful life and less persecution. In German they were persecuted and could not farm very well. Many said that they preferred to live in America than in Germany. Others found trouble in America, such as Mrs, Lucinda Holze. Mrs. Holze immigrated to America and moved to Texas in 1873. She married and her husband opened a small store. In 1884 they were robbed at gunpoint. No one was killed but all the money in the store was taken and they never caught the robbers. Clearly there were ups and downs for Germans in America.


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A group of German immigrants playing instruments at a campsite
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German immigrants on the boat that brought them to America


American Reaction to German Immigration


American mostly did not like immigrants all together. When they arrived they brought their cultures with them. After German immigrants arrived, Americans stopped teaching German in schools across the country. They stopped making and selling German newspapers. Americans got rid of all German radio stations. They did not accept German immigrants that lived in America. This is how many Americans reacted to immigration from Germany.

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An immigrant wearing lederhosenl

German Phrases
Guten tag!- Hello!
sehr nett- very nice
Es Geht- okay. So-so
Nicht so gut. - not so well
Tschus!- Bye! see you later(casual)
im hier in Amerika- im here in america
es ist nicht, was es gesagt hat, zu sein- it's not what it's said to be
so lang zum Vaterland- so long to the fatherland.






Created and Researched by: Addison Forsdick, Erin Prester, Lillie Smith

Script:


Costumes:
Addison: School pants and long socks. Button down shirt Find Suspenders.
Lillie: Long Skirt and Long sleeve button down shirt. Sweater thats one color
Erin: Long Skirt and Long sleeve button down shirt. Sweater thats one color

Props:
Poster that says - A Few Months Later
A travel bag (not suitcase- something smaller)


Citations:

Bridgeman Art Library /‌ Universal Images Group. German immigrants in New York City, c.1870. 1870. Bridgeman Art Library /‌ Universal Images Group. Britannica image quest. Web. 15 Sept. 2011. <http://quest.eb.com/‌media/‌image.htm?hidJob=&searchKeyword=german+immigration&pageNumber=1&resultsPerPage=15&subjectId=0&collectionId=0&mediaId=108_264993>. Addison used this for a Picture.
- - -. German immigrants in New York City, c.1870. 1870. Bridgeman Art Library /‌ Universal Images Group. Britannica image quest. Web. 15 Sept. 2011. <http://quest.eb.com/‌media/‌image.htm?hidJob=&searchKeyword=german+immigration&pageNumber=1&resultsPerPage=15&subjectId=0&collectionId=0&mediaId=108_264993>. Addison used this for a Picture.
Cranham, Gerry. Refugees At Portholes. 1939. Britannica Image Quest. N.p., n.d. Web. 15 Sept. 2011. <http://quest.eb.com/‌media/‌image.htm?hidJob=&searchKeyword=german+immigration&pageNumber=1&resultsPerPage=15&subjectId=0&collectionId=0&mediaId=115_2848675>. Addison used this as a picture for German
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- - -. Refugees At Portholes. 1939. Britannica Image Quest. N.p., n.d. Web. 15 Sept. 2011. <http://quest.eb.com/‌media/‌image.htm?hidJob=&searchKeyword=german+immigration&pageNumber=1&resultsPerPage=15&subjectId=0&collectionId=0&mediaId=115_2848675>. Addison used this as a picture for German
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Finding Ancestors Who Were Immigrants to the US from Russia, Germany, Ireland and Italy. 1834. JPEG file. Addison used this as a picture for German immigration
German immigrants in Madison, Wisconsin, in 1897. 1897. JPEG file. Addison used this as a picture for German immigration.
“German Immigration: German Immigrants in America.” Library.Thinkquest.org. N.p., n.d. Web. 14 Sept. 2011. We all used this to find out why immigrants came, what they experienced, and how Americans reacted to their presence.
Holze, Lucinda Permien. “German Immigrants in Texas.” Library of Congress. Library of Congress, n.d. Web. 14 Sept. 2011. Erin used this to find out about what German immigrants experienced when they came to America.
- - -. “German Immigrants in Texas.” Library of Congress. Library of Congress, n.d. Web. 14 Sept. 2011. Erin used this to find out about what German immigrants experienced when they came to America.
Hoobler, Dorothy & Thomas. We Are Americans Voiced Of The Immigration Experience. New York, New York: Scholastic Nonfiction, n.d. Print. Lillie used this to find out about why immigrants came to America and left Germany.
- - -. We Are Americans Voiced Of The Immigration Experience. New York, New York: Scholastic Nonfiction, n.d. Print. Lillie used this to find out about why immigrants came to America and left Germany.
Lehman, Jeffrey. “’The German Society of New York—1848.” Gale Encyclopedia of Multicultural America: Primary Documents. Gale U.S. History In Context, n.d. Web. 15 Sept. 2011. Erin used this to find out what is was like for German immigrants in New York in 1848.
- - -. “’The German Society of New York—1848.” Gale Encyclopedia of Multicultural America: Primary Documents. Gale U.S. History In Context, n.d. Web. 15 Sept. 2011. Erin used this to find out what is was like for German immigrants in New York in 1848.
Riou, Edouard. The eve of departure to America - German emigrants departing for U.S.A in the steerage section of an American liner at the port of Le Havre, c.1850. 1857. Bridgeman Art Library /‌ Universal Im. britannica image quest. Web. 15 Sept. 2011. <http://quest.eb.com/‌media/‌image.htm?hidJob=&searchKeyword=german+immigration&pageNumber=1&resultsPerPage=15&subjectId=0&collectionId=0&mediaId=108_247561>. Addison used this as a picture for German
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- - -. The eve of departure to America - German emigrants departing for U.S.A in the steerage section of an American liner at the port of Le Havre, c.1850. 1857. Bridgeman Art Library /‌ Universal Im. britannica image quest. Web. 15 Sept. 2011. <http://quest.eb.com/‌media/‌image.htm?hidJob=&searchKeyword=german+immigration&pageNumber=1&resultsPerPage=15&subjectId=0&collectionId=0&mediaId=108_247561>. Addison used this as a picture for German
immigration