- U.S. Committee for Refugees and Immigrants
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The German Americans: An Ethnic Experience . This front page has links to different “chapters” focused on certain aspects of the German immigration experience. Like the site above, the information isn’t specific to New England but contains a great background for understanding the German experience coming to this country.
This content resource is an interactive tour of Ellis Island
Immigration: The Journey to America: Germans This website doesn’t contain information particular to New England, but does give a good background on German immigration – the patterns and reasons for it.
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06/10/2013 · So why are there so many German-Americans in the United States anyway
Two-fifths of German immigrants chose urban centers for their residence. In addition to the Midwest cities, some Eastern cities such as New York City and Philadelphia developed large populations of Germans. While New England cities such as Boston did develop a German community, these German centers were not among the largest or most influential. This stood in sharp contrast to the Irish, the other large immigrant group of the mid 1800s. Six of the nine cities with the densest Irish populations were in New England.
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Economics wasn’t the only motivating factor for these nineteenth century immigrants, but it was the most important. Political upheavals, climaxing with the revolutions of 1848 that swept across Western Europe, drove some Germans to seek new homes. Although the legend of these activists has lived on in German-American communities, historians have shown that the so-called “forty-eighters” barely caused a bump in the German emigration numbers. Similarly, religious persecution pushed only a relative few to leave their homeland.