Paper $27.50 ISBN: 9783954945955 Published November 2013 For sale in USA only

Utopia

Revisiting a German State in America

Edited by Traveling Summer Republic and City Archives of Giessen

Edited by Traveling Summer Republic and City Archives of Giessen

Distributed for Edition Falkenberg

352 pages | 157 color plates, 54 halftones, 8 maps | 8 1/4 x 10 1/4 | © 2013
Paper $27.50 ISBN: 9783954945955 Published November 2013 For sale in USA only
In 1833, two university students from Giessen, Germany, Friedrich Muench and Paul Follenius, decided to immigrate to America and settle in the west. They wanted to create a German utopia in Missouri, and they recruited others to join them by distributing throughout Germany a promotional pamphlet detailing their ambitious plans. The resulting participants spanned various religions, cities, and villages and called themselves the Giessen Emigration Society. By July of 1934, each member had settled along the Missouri River, forming a vibrant German segment of the state whose cultural footprint can still be seen and felt today.

In the bilingual book Utopia, this story is brought to life through more than two hundred historic photographs and documents and contributions from both Americans and Germans. The book accompanies a traveling exhibit that will begin in Germany and travel to the German-American Heritage Museum in Washington, DC, and then land in St. Louis at the Missouri History Museum, following the path of the Germans who immigrated to America so many years ago. Utopia serves as both an exhibition catalog and as a historical narrative of the Giessen Emigration Society. 
Contents

Foreword

Peter Roloff

 

America, Land of Refuge. Emigration, Emigration Societies, and the Idea to Establish a German State in the New World (1816-1834)

Kilian Spiethoff

 

Departure and Journey of the Giessen Emigration Society

Rolf Schmidt

 

Missouri –“Where the sun of freedom shines”

Dorris Keeven-Francke

 

Decision for Illinois

Peter Roloff

 

Gert Goebel and the Giessen Emigration Society

Walter D. Kamphoefner and Adolf E. Schroeder

 

Growing Up in the Footsteps of the Giesseners

Walter D. Kamphoefner

 

“The America-Weary”

Henry Schneider

 

Political Emigration from Germany in the 19th Century

Steffen Weigmann

 

Hesse in Pre-March, 1819-1835

Ludwig Brake

 

The Giessen Emigration Society – Success or Failure?

Kilian Spiethoff

 

List of Figures

 

Biographies

 

Photographies by

Folker Winkelmann

 

For more information, or to order this book, please visit http://www.press.uchicago.edu
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