Letters from a German Immigrant Family in Texas (1854–1885)
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 19
About the Book
About the Book
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 nineteenth-century German immigrant family in Texas. Christian Friedrich Bergmann was born in April 1817 in Ebersbach, a small village located in what was known as the Kingdom of Saxony. In August 1854, Bergmann together with his wife, Johanna Christiane Luise Bergmann, and their three sons, Friedrich, Karl, and Christoph, embarked on an overseas journey to America and arrived in Texas in November 1854. 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.
This letter collection spans a period of three decades, beginning with a detailed description of the sea journey and presenting the reader with important insight into the process of German immigrant acculturation in Texas in the second half of the nineteenth century. It also 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 resource for scholars and students in various disciplines, as well as readers with a general interest in the social history of German immigration to the United States and, specifically, to Texas.
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