New World View: Letters from a German Immigrant Family in Texas (1854-1885) by Ruth CapeNew World View: Letters from a German Immigrant Family in Texas (1854-1885) by Ruth Cape

New World View: Letters from a German Immigrant Family in Texas (1854-1885)

EditorRuth Cape

Hardcover | October 23, 2014

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New World View: Letters from a German Immigrant Family in Texas, 1854–1885 is a bilingual and annotated edition of a collection of letters written by a 19th century German immigrant family in Texas. Christian Friedrich Bergmann and his family belonged to the large wave of German immigrants that came to Texas in the 1850s. Born in April of 1817 in Ebersbach, a small village then located in the Kingdom of Saxony, Bergmann – together with his wife Johanna Christiane Luise Bergmann and his three sons, Friedrich, Karl, and Christoph – embarked on an overseas journey to America in August of 1854; in November of 1854, they arrived in Texas. The family first resided in San Antonio before later settling on the Guadalupe River near Boerne, where Bergmann bought 320 acres of land and he and his family became farmers and ranchers, as well as active members of their community.
The Bergmann letter collection begins with a detailed description of the sea journey and the many exciting and disheartening moments experienced while at sea. Bergmann then gives deep insight into many facets of immigrant life on the Texas frontier while narrating how he and his family built a life for themselves in Texas.
This letter collection spans a period of three decades, presenting the reader with important insight into the process of German immigrant acculturation in Texas in the second half of the 19th century. At the same time, it details the numerous challenges many immigrants faced in their attempts to adapt to American culture and succeed in the New World. The book, which includes a historical and biographical introduction, is a valuable source for scholars and students in various disciplines, but also addresses readers with a general interest in the social history of German immigration to the United States and, specifically, to Texas.
Ruth I. Cape is Associate Professor of German at Austin College in Sherman, Texas. After completing graduate work in history and Latin at the Westfälische Wilhelms-University Münster in Germany and the University of Arizona in Tucson, Cape earned her PhD in Germanic Languages from the University of California, Los Angeles. She is the e...
Title:New World View: Letters from a German Immigrant Family in Texas (1854-1885)Format:HardcoverProduct dimensions:9.06 × 6.1 × 0.98 inShipping dimensions:9.06 × 6.1 × 0.98 inPublished:October 23, 2014Publisher:Peter Lang Inc., International Academic PublishersLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:1433126524

ISBN - 13:9781433126529


Table of Contents

Contents: German Immigrants to the United States – German Immigration to Texas in the Nineteenth Century – State of Research – The C. F. Bergmann Family: Biographical Background – Importance of the Edition – Limits of Written Communication – Message of the Letters – Study Approaches to Immigrant Letters – Principles of Transcription and Translation – The Sea Journey to America: August to November 1854 – The First Years in San Antonio, Texas: 1854 to 1857 – Farm Life on the Guadalupe River in Texas: 1857 to 1888 – Die Seereise nach Amerika: August bis November 1854 – Die ersten Jahre in San Antonio, Texas: 1854 bis 1857 – Farmleben an der Guadalupe: 1857 bis 1888.