Frederick and August Duesenberg were two German-Americans whose last name was quite famous in the 20's and 30's......."It's a Duesy" was once a common expression in the previous century, meaning "it's really something special", something great and wonderful like a well engineered work of art...in other words like a 1920's or 30's Duesenberg automobile. Gary… Continue reading “It’s a Duesy” was once a common expression
Before WWI they were on top of the world. The North German Lloyd company was founded in Bremen in 1857 and developed into one of the two most important German shipping companies of the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Operating out of Bremen, it became the primary means of transporting German emigrants to America, and also was instrumental in… Continue reading The resilience of this company is reflected in it’s amazing history
This vintage world map shows the wide dispersion of 100 million Germans around the world. Of course most, 83 million, lived in Germany...at that time a much larger country than the Germany of today... but the remaining 17 million were widely spread out all over the globe... in the U.S. (9 million), Brazil (620,000), Canada… Continue reading People with German Heritage…where did 100 million Germans live in 1930?
The only German officer in the Revolutionary War that normally comes to mind is Baron von Steuben, the Prussian officer who trained the Continental Army and later became Washington’s Chief of Staff. But we should also be aware of Johann von Kalb, a German soldier from Bavaria who learned to speak English and French and… Continue reading French officer Baron deKalb was actually a German born in Bavaria…he helped Americans win the Revolutionary War
In a previous posting, I briefly mentioned a German American who was the maternal grandfather of the first Speaker of the House, Frederick Muhlenberg. Now I will relate the story of how his grandfather arrived in America and some additional details which are quite interesting. In 1709...when Conrad was 13 and still lived in Germany...fever… Continue reading From being raised in Württemberg, Germany to living with Mohawk Indians in America in 1712…that was only one adventure in the life of Conrad Weiser
This German postage stamp portrays "Winnetou", one of the characters created by author Karl May in the 19th century. In fact, his Wild West books made Karl May one of the best-selling German writers of all time, with about 200 million books sold worldwide...and he greatly contributed to the positive image of Native Americans in… Continue reading Wild West books made Karl May one of the best-selling German writers of all time, with about 200 million books sold
A German artist named Emanuel Gottlieb Leutze memorialized the dramatic event of Washington Crossing the Delaware. Leutze conceived the idea for this famous painting during the German Revolutions of 1848. He was hoping to encourage Germany's liberal reformers through the example of the American Revolution. There were actually two versions of this painting. Leutze began… Continue reading A German artist named Emanuel Gottlieb Leutze created the famous painting of Washington Crossing the Delaware
The first thing to know is that German Americans comprise about 50 million people, making them the largest self-reported ancestry group in the US…more than English Americans (26 million), more than Irish Americans (33 million), and more than African Americans (42 million). Distribution of German Americans according to the 2000 Census… California, Texas and Pennsylvania… Continue reading Some interesting facts pertaining to German-Americans.