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Max Kade Institut. Interesting Books. German-American.

written by <[email protected]> (Dennis J. Nicklaus) on Sept 27. 1996.

Attached below is a list of publications of the Max Kade Institute for German-American studies. I have no affiliation with them, except that I've received some help through them. See their homepage at:

They have a pretty small staff, so I don't think they do much helping other than in person, but it is a nice resource if you're in the Madison area. The following books are available for purchase through the Max Kade Institute unless otherwise noted.

To order, send check or purchase order for price of book, plus $3.00 shipping & handling for first book, and $1.00 for each additional book shipped to the same address. Wisconsin residents add 5% sales tax.

The German-American Press

[270]pp. hardcover $22.50

Edited by Henry Geitz

Though it will never be possible to establish an exact number, scholars of the German-American press have estimated that about 5000 newspapers and periodicals have been published in German in the more than 300 years of German immigration to the United States. This collection of essays on various aspects of the German-American press shows clearly the role of that press in the process of acculturation of German immigrants on the one hand, and on the other, retention of some of the old institutions, most notably the German language. Bracketed between articles on the press of the colonial period and that of the present is a rich collection of essays on various aspects of the topic. While no one volume can adequately deal with all, or even nearly all aspects of the phenomenon, this contribution to the field of German-American Studies does present a rather broad spectrum of topics and, thus, serves as both a source of valuable information and an introduction to further work. ~Friends of The Max Kade Institute 1992. ISBN 0- 924119-50-0.

The German Forty-Eighters in the United States

[305]pp. hardcover $54.95

Edited by Charlotte L. Brancaforte

Between 1845 and 1854 over one million German citizens left their homes and emigrated, many of them as a result of the failed revolution of 1848 and its aftermath. The "Forty-Eighters" who came to the United States both for political and economic reasons went through different stages of adaptation to the new country. The immigrants contributed to the political, social and cultural life of their new homeland by transforming staid communities on the East coast, by founding new settlements in the Midwest and West, and by swelling the number of politically conscious artisans and workers in the big cities. Their voting power and personal sacrific were of great importance in the abolition of slavery in the U.S. They participated in the debate about the women's vote and in stressing the concepts of free and general education. The contributors to this volume of essays illustrate a new direction in Germa American studies. By bringing together the expertise of many disciplines, they show that this powerful group among nineteenth century immigrants helped shape U.S. communities in ways which can still be felt today. ~Peter Lang, 1989. ISBN 0-8204- 1010-1. Available for purchase through Peter Lang Publishing, Inc. 62 W. 45th Street New York, N.Y. 10036.

The Golden Signpost

[391]pp. hardcover $22.50

Translated from the German by Colin D. Thomson

This translation of an extremely popular guide for immigrants appeared in several editions in the 1880s in Cleveland. It was writte in German to help recent arrivals in the United States cope with their new and different cultural surroundings. Advice is offered on just about every facet of life, from furnishing a home and what sorts of greenery to purchase, to proper social and occupational ethics and behavior, to activity of a political nature, to marriage and family life. Very little is left without a practical word of advice. The book gives today's reader fine insights into the values and codes of behavior in late 19th century America within a specific ethnic group whose numbers were at that time being swelled by yet another massive wave of immigration. In his translation, Colin D. Thomson has managed to recapture in English the tone of the original German. The book has an introduction which provides a historical context and a preface that analyzes the content of the work itself. ~Friends of the Max Kade Institute 1993. ISBN 0-924119-30-6.

Dictionary of German Names

[641]pp. hardcover $22.50 by Hans Bahlow

Translated by Edda Gentry

This volume makes available in English for the first time the work of the noted German scholar Hans Bahlow. The book, in dictionary form, lists over 15,000 German names, together with variant spellings, and gives the meanings and history of each name, often citing occurences of the names and where the names appeared. This book will be invaluable to those doing genealogical research and of considerable interest to a general public wanting to know what names mean. Some entries will provoke a chuckle, others a bit of embarrassment, still others a sense of wonder and even pride. Everyone will feel the sense of satisfaction that inevitably comes with knowledge. ~Friends of The Max Kade Institute 1993. ISBN 0-924119-35-7.

The Life and Works of Charles Sealsfield (Karl Postl) 1793-1864

[302]pp. hardcover $22.50

Edited by Charlotte L. Brancaforte

This book, with contributions in both German and English, investigates the life story, and the manifold interests and achievements, of one of the most enigmatic writers of the 19th century. Karl Postl was the son of an Austrian bourgeois family, and a Catholic cleric who was caught up in the resistance to the post-Napoleonic restoration. In 1823 he exiled himself from his name and his homeland. A restless traveller through the Americas, a much-read literary critic, a social visionary, and a sometimes diplomatic courier for the exiled Bonaparte family, Karl Postl became "Charles Sealsfield, Citizen of the United States, Clergyman, Native of Pennsylvania." His literary reputation never really faded even though tastes have changed many times. His search for common human traits in the political and social systems of Europe and the Americas has been relevant through the last 150 years. Quite apart from the literary merits of his works, his dispassionate observations on non-European races and their customs and aspirations have aroused the interest of scholars in the academic disciplines of anthropology and ethnic history. ~Friends of The Max Kade Institute 1993. ISBN 0-924119-72-1.

The German Language in America, 1683-1991

[337]pp. hardcover $22.50

Edited by Joseph C. Salmons

This volume presents 17 articles, revised and expanded from a Max Kade Symposium, on the German language in North America. It includes historical studies (colonial German in contact with Native American languages, the language of Pietism among colonial immigrants), dialect descriptions (Donau-schw�bisch in the Midwest, Low German in Kansas, Volga German in Kansas) and investigations into the impact of German on English (German ethnic varieties of English, German in advertising, German loanwords in American English). Research on language maintenance and shift is especially well-represented, with a general, theoretical contribution and case studies of Alberta, Black Sea Germans in the Dakotas and the Amana colonies. Methodological and theoretical issues include case loss and morphosyntactic change (East Franconian in Indiana), a comparative study of German in Pennsylvania and Wisconsin as well as several papers on Pennsylvania German, treating linguistic convergence, language attitudes and sociolinguistic variation. ~Friends of The Max Kade Institute 1993. ISBN 0-924119- 61-6.

The German-Speaking 48ers: Builders of Watertown, Wisconsin

[110]pp. paperback $11.95

By Charles J. Wallman

In this book the author follows those Forty-Eighters who fled German-speaking countries in the aftermath of the failed revolution of 1848 and influenced the building of Watertown, which grew to be the second largest city in the State of Wisconsin. By consulting source materials in English and German Charles Wallman has skillfully unravelled the threads that tie the Forty-Eighters and their descendents to the history of Watertown; he has chronicled not only the Forty-Eighters who subsequently became prominent in the German-American community of the United States but also those who never moved again and helped make their new hometown a thriving place. He has shown that energy and industry, the love of intellectual and cultural life, and the capacity for friendship were outstanding traits of the Forty-Eighter families. This book with some 60 illustrations is an indispensable guide for anyone who wants to understand the past and the present of the Watertown community. ~Friends of the Max Kade Institute 1992, reprinted 1994.

0- 924119-23-3. Also available for purchase through Mallach's Bookstore, 107 N. Third Street, Watertown, WI 53094.

German Influences on Education in the United States to 1917

[301]pp. hardcover $64.95

Edited by Henry Geitz, J�rgen Heideking & Jurgen Herbst

This book represents the result of recent historical research by German and American scholars on German influences on education in the United States during the 19th century. The authors deal with all aspects of education, from kindergarten through primary and secondary education to universities. In analyzing German educational influences on the United States, the essays are concerned with reports of American visitors to Germany, as well as with accounts and activities of German educators in the United States. The book shows that in the context of an immigrant culture, the question of influence needs to be considered in an interdisciplinary setting. At the same time, the account recognizes that both Germany and the United States were mutually affected by the development and progress of their relevant educational theories and practices. ~German Historical Institute 1995. Available for purchase through

Cambridge University Press, 110, Midland Ave. Port Chester, NY 10573. ISBN 0-521-47083-8.

Witness to History: A Refugee from the Third Reich Remembers

[416]pp. hardcover $18.95

Joachim von Elbe

This book helps the reader understand and appreciate the author's work in the legal profession both in his native Germany and in the United States. The downfall of the Weimar Republic and the rise of Nazism are described, as is the post-World War II era that led, ultimately, to West Germany's participation in NATO as a sovereign nation. This volume originally appeared in German with the title **Unter Preu�enadler und Sternenbanner **[Under the Prussian Eagle and the Stars and Stripes], with a most appropriate subtitle **Ein Leben f�r Deutschland und Amerika** [A Life for Germany and the United States]. The author's background and varied experiences make him uniquely qualified to present the reader with an extremely interesting and stimulating, and highly personal, account of a tumultuous era. ~Friends of The Max Kade Institute 1989. ISBN 0-924119-00-4. Available for purchase through

University of Wisconsin Press, 114 North Murray Street, Madison, WI 53715.

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