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Trial of Frederick Eberle
Author: Friederike Baer

ISBN: 9780814799802
Format: Hardcover
Number Of Pages: 288
Published: 25 April 2008
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 583.0 x 389.5 x 2.3
Description:
aThis is microhistory at its best. Baer has selected a single event and brilliantly used it to explore the larger culture and society of the time. With great clarity and insight Baer has investigated multicultural issues of language and the assimilation of immigrants that are as relevant for us today as they were to Americans two centuries ago. This is a very important and timely book.a --Gordon S. Wood, Brown University In the summer of 1816, the state of Pennsylvania tried fifty-nine German-Americans on charges of conspiracy and rioting. The accused had, according to the indictment, conspired to prevent with physical force the introduction of the English language into the largest German church in North America, Philadelphiaas Lutheran congregation of St. Michaelas and Zion. The trial marked the climax of an increasingly violent conflict over language choice in Philadelphiaas German community, with members bitterly divided into those who favored the exclusive use of German in their church, and those who preferred occasional services in English. At trial, witnesses, lawyers, defendants, and the judge explicitly linked language to class, citizenship, patriotism, reli...

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