The latest issue of Missouri German Consortium‘s new e-journal, Der Anzeiger is out! With subscribers from all across the U.S., Germany, and Europe, readers are giving great reviews!
Here are some of the interesting stories in this issue….
Missouri: A German State in America
In the aftermath of 1789, when the French Revolution had been inspired by its predecessor in America, a worldwide desire for freedom and democracy was sparked. Germans observed these profound movements for social and political change in America and France and grew increasingly restless. Having suffered for decades from overpopulation, famine, rising taxes, and oppressive rulers, Germans as well felt change was needed. Numerous movements mushroomed which espoused more liberal thinking: Friedrich Ludwig Jahn founded the Turnverein, students in Giessen, Erlangen, Marburg, Erfurt, Leipzig and elsewhere joined fraternities like the Giessen Blacks, and people everywhere increasingly struggled to bring about change….
Another article is a translation by Dr. Steven Rowan of the Constitution and Statutes of the Giessen Emigration Society written by the groups founders Friedrich Muench and Paul Follenius explaining their plans….
IN THEIR OWN WORDS
The Call and Declaration on the subject of mass emigration from Germany to the North American Free States was printed at Ricker Publishing house in Giessen, Germany in the spring of 1833. It was read in Hesse, Saxony, Thuringia and Bavaria without much publicity, just secretly passed along, and sold by select discreet booksellers. But the readership proved to be both widespread and enthusiastic. This was astonishing to its authors, Friedrich Muench and Paul Follenius, who soon published two further editions.
Friedrich Muench wrote “such that we had gathered considerable participation and then published the Society’s statutes. It was excellently received, and encouraged us to become bold; thousands wanted to join us, and to help with the plans necessary for the realization. This certainly would have happened, had everything gone according to our expectations.”
Also included are
- Franz Schwarzer….. the Zither King of Washington, Missouri
- The St. Louis Liederkranz…. the oldest west of the Mississippi
- Truth or Fiction? Did German Almost Become America’s National Language?
RESEARCHING YOUR GERMAN ANCESTORS – Where to begin
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- History of the people and places that make Missouri German
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