Tolerance for German in early America

Beeman, William William_Beeman at
Sat Jun 10 00:49:40 UTC 2006

The largest immigrant group in the United States is German. More than 60% of all Americans have some German ancestry. Most of this was in the early 19th Century with a huge influx of farmers. 
William O. Beeman
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Subject: Re: Tolerance for German in early America

Quoting haroldfs at

> The other day I mentioned that Benjamin Franklin published a German edition
> of his English newspaper...

Where I grew up in Washington County, Maryland, there are old tombstones from
that period that are inscribed in German: "Hier lagt..." And there are
zillions of German names in the phonebook, including mine. My own ancestors
were Swiss Germans who came over in the 18th century; they're listed in the
1790 census.

(Writing from Carriacou, Grenada)

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