Germans in Wisconsin: Revised and Expanded Edition

By Richard H. Zeitlin

Paperback: $9.95

ISBN: 978-0-87020-324-4

72 pages, 35 b/w photos and illus., 6 x 9"


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Between 1820 and 1910, nearly five and a half million German immigrants came to the United States. Most settled in the Midwest, and many came to Wisconsin, whose rich farmlands and rising cities attracted three major waves of immigrants. Today German influence in Wisconsin is still quite apparent, from churches, to food and beverages, to cultural and educational institutions. In a 1990 census, more than 53 percent of the state's residents considered themselves German, highest of any state in the United States.

Learn about the values and ideas the Germans brought with them from the Old Country, including their achievements on the farm, in the workplace and in academia over the course of 150 years in Wisconsin. This revised book features additional photographs and an expanded text.

Discover the histories of other ethnic groups in Wisconsin in the ongoing People of Wisconsin Series!

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Richard H. Zeitlin was born in New York City in 1945. He did his undergraduate work at Queens College and earned both a master's degree and a doctorate in history at the University of Wisconsin, the latter in 1973. He worked for Old World Wisconsin, the State Historical Society's outdoor ethnic musuem, between 1973 and 1977. He served as director of the Wisconsin Veterans Museum on Madison's Capitol Square until his death in December of 2008.