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Resources to support Matthew Bauman's German American Experience May term course


Who or what is German? Who or what is American? How do the two converge in Kentucky? This course seeks to explore the German heritage and history of Kentucky and its surrounding areas both in historic and contemporary terms while examining the visible as well as the hidden connections between the two. This course considers these issues through a number of lenses beyond ancestry, including historical events, geography, architecture, art and media, food, religion, cultural traditions, memory and academic research and documentation. Following an on-campus introduction to the history of German-Americans in the U.S., and a look at the German-American presence in Lexington, the class will travel to the two major German-American centers for Kentucky (and the country as a whole), Louisville and the Greater Cincinnati area to explore how German-American immigrants helped to shape the history of the two cities and experience firsthand how their influence continues to be felt today. Also listed as GER-2294.

Explore resources below for research.

Background - Encyclopedias

McDonald, William C. "German-Speaking Political Refugees and Economic Migrants." In American Immigration: An Encyclopedia of Political, Social, and Cultural Change, 2nd ed., edited by James Ciment and John Radzilowski, 362-366. Armonk, NY: Sharpe Reference, 2014.

Purdy, Elizabeth Rholetter. "German Immigrant Families." In The Social History of the American Family: An Encyclopedia, edited by Marilyn J. Coleman and Lawrence H. Ganong, 629-631. Vol. 2. Los Angeles, CA: SAGE Reference, 2014.

Schneider, Dorothy. "German Americans." In Dictionary of American History, 3rd ed., edited by Stanley I. Kutler, 559-560. Vol. 3. New York, NY: Charles Scribner's Sons, 2003.

Places this class is visiting

Primary History Sources



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