An examination of how the German Lutheran and Reformed populations of eastern Pennsylvania integrated themselves successfully into the early American republic. Their story illuminates the path that other immigrants and ethnic Americans would travel in the decades to follow.
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Steven M. Nolt is Assistant Professor of History at Goshen College. He is co-author of Through Fire and Water: An Overview of Mennonite History (1996) with Harry Loewen, and of Amish Enterprise: From Plows to Profits (1995) with Donald B. Kraybill.Review:
“Nolt provides the first truly comprehensive study of the largest non-English-speaking white ethnic group in the early United States. He is the first to trace developments among the German Lutherans and Reformed from the 1780s to the 1850s, and he has explored many little-known unpublished and published materials by largely forgotten writers. Foreigners in Their Own Land is full of historical detail that should be new even to most specialists in the field.”
—Mark Häberlein, University of Freiburg, Germany
“Nolt traces the acculturation process among German Lutherans and Reformed in great detail. This is a scholar’s book, so the author notes and bibliography consume half as much space as the text. Still, the book is highly readable.”
—Jack Brubaker, Scribbler
“This regional study of German immigrants comprising the old Lutheran and Reformed groups who migrated to Pennsylvania, Maryland, and the Appalachian back country during the mid-eighteenth century is well researched and thoroughly documented.”
—J. D. Born Jr., CHOICE
“This judicious assessment of the transformation of Pennsylvania German culture from 1790 to 1850 fills a major historiographical gap. Steven M. Nolt convincingly integrates sweeping themes of national, religious, and ethnic identity with clear analyses that remain close to his evidence.
Given the importance of American pluralism, this book deserves a large audience, especially due to its concise and synthetic style.”
—Liam Riordan, Journal of American History
“It is well written, accessible, tightly organized, and thoroughly rooted in the primary sources as well as the relevant historiography of early modern Germany, colonial America, new republic, and American church and religion. It provides a fascinating, insightful portrait of German Americans during the period of the new republic.”
—Beverly Smaby, William and Mary Quarterly
“This aside, I recommend the book as a clear, well-written, and carefully edited work that adds a wealth of fascinating information to the expanding mosaic of ethnic histories in America.”
—Firth Haring Fabend, American Historical Review
“In the end, Foreigners in Their Own Land is convincing, well-researched, and elegantly written.”
—Christian Keller, Journal of American Ethnic History
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Descripción Pennsylvania State Univ Pr (Txt), 2002. Hardcover. Estado de conservación: New. book. Nº de ref. de la librería M0271021993
Descripción Pennsylvania State Univ Pr (Txt). Hardcover. Estado de conservación: New. 0271021993 New Condition. Nº de ref. de la librería NEW7.1003429
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