The Introduction looks at the impact the events that followed the March Revolutions of 1848 had on German Americans and on newly arriving German immigrants. The German immigrants of the 1850s arrived in the United States to find a country in a state of political flux. The truth was that they contributed to the instability. The Civil War experience for Germans of the north and south of the country had both parallel and contrasts and the Introduction explores these. The letters presented in this book provide a snapshot of the German American experience of that historic time in the history of the United States.
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