German Americans

October 2, 2013 at 10:01 am 6 comments

          Many different countries migrated to America.  As a result it has become a very diverse land.  German Americans are known as the largest ancestry group here.  The first German American, Dr. Johannes Fleischer, came over in 1607 with the Jamestown colony.  Later in 1608, 5 German glassmakers and 3 German carpenters followed him.  As Germans continued to migrate through the 1680s to the 1760s, they began their own settlements.  The first permanent settlement was Germantown, Pennsylvania.  Most came over because of worsening opportunities for farm ownership in Europe, persecution of some religious groups, and military conscription.  They were drawn to America because it offered religious freedom and more land opportunities.  As they migrated to America they brought many traditions and their religion with them.  A large group of German Americans is evident today all across the country, they are known as the Amish.  The Amish religion stems from Christianity with mostly the same beliefs but they are stricter on separation from the world.  The Amish have become a big part of America and can be found all across the states.  Although German Americans have cut off their ties to the mother country the governmental structure has remained in their lives.  As a result of the many different nations that inhabit America, it has subtle influences from each nation located all throughout the governmental structure.  The Germans also brought over many different foods such as hot dogs and hamburgers.  These foods have had a major industrial impact with businesses such as Oscar Mayer.  German Americans have rich heritages reaching across their families.  They continue to make up a large sum of the American people today and their heritage includes some of the biggest people in our history such as Dwight D. Eisenhower and Herbert Hoover.  It is clear that the German society has had a major impact on the shaping of America.


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  • 1. monguinhandel  |  October 3, 2013 at 10:43 am

    What is an example of a tradition that they brought with them

    • 2. dwood07022013  |  October 4, 2013 at 4:14 pm

      Some traditions they brought over were decorating Christmas trees and the Easter bunny which sounds surprising but it is true.

  • 3. vebramos  |  October 3, 2013 at 12:24 pm

    Did the Germans bring any traditions?

    • 4. dwood07022013  |  October 4, 2013 at 4:15 pm

      Yes, some traditions that they brought over were decorating Christmas trees and the idea of the Easter bunny.

  • 5. ieramos  |  October 3, 2013 at 12:45 pm

    Germans brought over Hamburgers since when?

  • 6. sgopher  |  October 4, 2013 at 10:27 am

    @vebramos of course. For example, (I hope I’m not stepping on Danielle’s toes here) take a look at Modern Amish houses. Why are they so enormous? Because Amish tradition oftentimes had Children not move out, but rather build extensions onto existing family’s houses. @ieramos I would guess when they emigrated? 0.o


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