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The German-Speaking 48ers
Builders of Watertown, Wisconsin
Charles J. Wallman

From revolutionaries to civic leaders

Back in print again, this is the story of the "Forty-Eighters," political refugees who fled German-speaking countries in the aftermath of the failed revolutions of 1848. Among their numbers were Carl Schurz, later to become a U.S. senator and advisor to presidents Lincoln and Hayes, and his wife Margarethe Schurz, who founded the kindergarten movement in the United States.

Many Forty-Eighters settled in and enormously influenced the growth of Watertown, Wisconsin, which was at one time the second largest city in the state. By consulting source materials in English and German, Charles Wallman has skillfully unraveled the threads that tie the Forty-Eighters and their descendents to the history of Watertown. He chronicles 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 site of cultural and intellectual activity in the nineteenth century.

Charles J. Wallman is retired and currently lives in Watertown, WI.

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The cover of The German 48ers is black and white with an arial view of Watertown, Wisconsin about 1899.

January 1992

110 pp.   6 x 9    51 illus.

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ISBN 978-0-924119-23-1
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