Are Americans: Voices of the Immigrant Experience
By Dorothy and Thomas Hoobler
Published by Scholastic Inc., New York City, New York, 2003, 194
The Germans from Russia Heritage Collection is pleased to provide
this impressive and outstanding book, We Are Americans: Voices
of the Immigrant Experience. The authors, Dorothy and Thomas
Hoobler, are well known The American Family Album Series
published by Oxford University Press including The German American
Family Album and The Scandinavian American Family Album
including many photos from the Dakotas.
The "Homesteading the Prairies" section provides these
stories: Attracting Immigrants; The Prairie Was a Challenge; Living
in a Dug-Out; and Christmas Mumming in the Dakotas. The authors
write: The Germans from Russia who settled on the plains from Kansas
to North Dakota brought America a special gift: a hardy strain of
wheat that could withstand the long, cold winters. For a time in
the 1880s, Eureka, a small town in the Dakota Territory, became
"the wheat capital of the world." Even today, this red
emmer wheat makes the Great Plains one of the largest wheat-growing
areas in the world."
Anton Senger, a German from Russia, came to North Dakota
as a boy in 1886. He recalled his first night: "I was scared
to death, and felt sure some unknown animal would surely eat us
up during the night...I didn't sleep a wink. There were millions
of mosquitoes. Then every little while a coyote would howl on one
side then a fox on another, and to make it more miserable for me,
a night owl would let out a screech in between. All of those different
noises kept the chill running up and down my back all night and
I was glad when morning came."
A German immigrant family stands outside
their sod house to post for a picture. The family pig is large
than the younger child.
After the Civil War, free homesteads
attracted many immigrants. This Norwegian family is taking a
coffee break on the North Dakota prairie.
Waving American flags and
cheering, Germans from Russia great President Theodore Roosevelt
on a visit to Kansas. The change to see the leader of their
new country was a special thrill for immigrants.
We Are Americans: Voices of the Immigrant Experience
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