GERMAN FORTY-EIGHTERS IN AMERICA: CHARACTERISTICS AND CONTRIBUTIONS (SGGS Meetings and Events)
SAN DIEGO GENEALOGICAL SOCIETY GERMAN INTEREST GROUP AND THE SGGS PRESENT THE PREMIER OF DON HEINRICH TOLZMANN’S PRESENTATION ON “THE GERMAN 48ERS IN AMERICA: CHARACTERISTICS AND CONTRIBUTIONS!’
March 2023 marks the 175th anniversary of the 1848 Revolution in Europe. It began in France and spread throughout the states of the German Confederation and Austria, lasting until 1849. After its failure, thousands of Forty-Eighters, as refugees of the revolution were called, fled and immigrated to the U.S. Who they were and what their contributions were to American society in general, and to the German element in particular will be discussed, preceded by an overview of the conditions in Europe that led to their emigration.
Dr. Don Heinrich Tolzmann is the author and editor of numerous books on German-American history and culture. He has received many awards, including the National Award of Merit (Bundesverdienstkreuz) of the Federal Republic of Germany, the Ohioana Humanities Book Award, the Distinguished German-American of the Year Award, the Outstanding Achievement Award of the Society for German-American Studies, and is listed in Who’s Who in America. At the University of Cincinnati he served as Curator of the German-Americana Collection and Director of German-American Studies, and is well known as “Mr. German-Americana.” He has been on the board of many national and international organizations and institutions. He serves as Book Review Editor for German Life Magazine, and has edited a monographic series dealing with German-American history: Neue-Deutsch-Amerikanische Studien/New German-American Studies (34 vols.). He also has assisted in the production of several PBS programs, including: “The German-Americans” and “Zinzinnati Reflections.”
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