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  • Thernstrom, Stephan ed. Harvard Encyclopedia of American Ethnic Groups, (1980).
    • articles by Frederick C. Luebke, "Austrians," pp. 164-171; Kathleen Neils Conzen, "Germans," pp. 405-425; La Vern J. Rippley, "Germans from Russia," pp. 425-430; Arthur A. Goren, "Jews," pp. 571-598, esp. 576-579; Don Yoder, "Pennsylvania Germans," pp. 770-772; Leo Schelbert, "Swiss," pp. 981-987.
  • Adams, Willi Paul. The German-Americans. An Ethnic Experience. American Edition by LaVern J. Rippley and Eberhard Reichmann. Indianapolis: Max Kade German-American Center, Indiana Univ.-Purdue Univ., 1993.
  • Barclay, David E., and Elizabeth Glaser-Schmidt, eds. Transatlantic Images and Perceptions: Germany and America Since 1776 (1997).
  • Barrick, Mac E., ed. German-American Folklore.(1987). 264 pp.
  • Baxter, Angus. In Search of Your German Roots. The Complete Guide to Tracing Your Ancestors in the Germanic Areas of Europe. (4th ed. 2001)
  • Bohlman, Philip V. and Holzapfel, Otto, eds. Land without Nightingales: Music in the Making of German-America. (2002). 301 pp.
  • Dobbert, Guido A. "German-Americans between New and Old Fatherland, 1870–1914". American Quarterly 19 (1967): 663-80. in JSTOR
  • Ellis, M. and P. Panayi. "German Minorities in World War I: A Comparative Study of Britain and the USA." Ethnic and Racial Studies 17 (April 1994): 238-59.
  • Engle, Stephen D. Yankee Dutchman: The Life of Franz Sigel. (1993). 416 pp.
  • Faust, Albert Bernhardt. The German Element in the United States with Special Reference to Its Political, Moral, Social, and Educational Influence 2 vol (1909) online edition; online from Harvard
  • Gross, Ruth V., ed. Traveling Between Worlds: German-American Encounters (2006) excerpt and text search
  • Hegi, Ursula. Tearing the Silence: On Being German in America (1997).
  • Helbich, Wolfgang, and Walter D. Kamphoefner, eds. German-American Immigration and Ethnicity in Comparative Perspective. Madison: Max Kade Institute for German-American Studies, 2004. 370 pp. ISBN 978-0-924119-18-7.
  • Hobbie, Margaret, ed. Museums, Sites, and Collections of Germanic Culture in North America (1980).
  • Keil, Hartmut, ed. German Workers' Culture in the United States, 1850 to 1920. (1988). 330 pp.
  • Keller, Phyllis. States of Belonging: German-American Intellectuals and the First World War. (1979). 324 pp.
  • Keresztesi, Michael and Cocozzoli, Gary R., eds. German-American History and Life: A Guide to Information Sources. (1980). 372 pp.
  • Levine, Bruce. The Spirit of 1848: German Immigrants, Labor Conflict, and the Coming of the Civil War. (1992). 378 pp.
  • Luebke, Frederick C. Germans in the New World: Essays in the History of Immigration (1990).
  • Luebke, Frederick C. Bonds of Loyalty: German Americans During World War I. (1974)
  • O'Connor, Richard. German-Americans: an Informal History. (1968), popular
  • Pochmann, Henry A., and Arthur R. Schultz; German Culture in America, 1600–1900: Philosophical and Literary Influences (1957)
  • Rapone, Anita. The Guardian Life Insurance Company, 1860-1920: A History of a German-American Enterprise. (1987). 209 pp.
  • Schreibersdorf, Lisa. "Hyphens on the Home Front: Imagining American Culture through the German-American Hyphen, 1911-1919." PhD dissertation U. of Wisconsin, Madison 2005. 293 pp. DAI 2005 66(5): 1773-A. DA3175409 Fulltext: ProQuest Dissertations & Theses
  • Shore, Elliott; Fones-Wolf, Ken; and Dankey, James P. The German-American Radical Press: The Shaping of a Left Political Culture, 1850-1940. (1992). 247 pp.
  • Tatlock, Lynne and Matt Erlin, eds. German Culture in Nineteenth-Century America: Reception, Adaptation, Transformation (2005)
  • Tolzmann, Don Heinrich. The German-American Experience (2000) excerpt and text search
  • Trefousse, Hans L., ed. Germany and America: Essays on Problems of International Relations and Immigration (1980).
  • Trommler, Frank, and Joseph McVeigh, eds. America and the Germans: An Assessment of a Three-Hundred-Year History. (2 vols. 1985). 745pp
  • Wittke, Carl. The German-Language Press in America (1957)
  • Wittke, Carl. Refugees of Revolution: The German Forty-Eighters in America (1952) online edition
  • Wittke, Carl. We Who Built America: The Saga of the Immigrant (1939), ch 6, 9 online edition

Colonial, early national, before 1820

  • Fogleman, Aaron Spencer. Hopeful Journeys: German Immigration, Settlement, and Political Culture in Colonial America, 1717-1775 (1995).
  • Newman, Paul Douglas. Fries's Rebellion: The Enduring Struggle for the American Revolution. (2004). 259 pp. re Pennsylvania in 1790s
  • Otterness, Philip. Becoming German: The 1709 Palatine Migration to New York. (2004). 227 pp.
  • Roeber, A. G. "In German Ways? Problems and Potentials of Eighteenth-Century German Social and Emigration History." William and Mary Quarterly 3d ser., 44, no. 4 (1987).
  • Roeber, A. G. " 'The Origin of Whatever Is Not English Among Us': The Dutch-speaking and the German-speaking Peoples of Colonial British America." In Strangers Within the Realm: Cultural Margins of the First British Empire, edited by Bernard Bailyn and Philip D. Morgan (1991).
  • Wokeck, Marianne S. "Harnessing the Lure of the 'Best Poor Man's Country': The Dynamics of German-speaking Immigration to British North America, 1683-1783." In To Make America: European Emigration in the Early Modern Period, edited by Ida Altman and James Horn (1991).
  • Wood, Ralph, ed. The Pennsylvania Germans. (1942)

Regional and local studies

  • Arends, Shirley Fischer. The Central Dakota Germans: Their History, Language, and Culture. (1989). 289 pp.
  • Bayor, Ronald H. Neighbors in Conflict: The Irish, Germans, Jews and Italians of New York City, 1929-1941. (1978). 232 pp.
  • Bungert, Heike; Kluge, Cora Lee; and Ostergren, Robert C., eds. Wisconsin German Land and Life. (2006). 260 pp. online review
  • Coburn, Carol K. Life at Four Corners: Religion, Gender, and Education in a German-Lutheran Community, 1868-1945. (1992). 227 pp.
  • Cochran, Thomas. The Pabst Brewing Company: The History of an American Business (1948) online edition
  • Conzen, Kathleen Neils. Immigrant Milwaukee, 1836-1860: Accommodation and Community in a Frontier City. (1976). 300 pp.
  • Conzen, Kathleen Neils. "Peasant Pioneers: Generational Succession Among German Farmers in Frontier Minnesota." In The Countryside in the Age of Capitalist Transformations: Essays in the Social History of Rural America, (1985) edited by Steven Hahn and Jonathan Prude
  • Conzen, Kathleen Neils. Germans in Minnesota (2003) 112pp
  • Detjen, David W. The Germans in Missouri, 1900-1918: Prohibition, Neutrality, and Assimilation. (1985). 244 pp.
  • Gerber, David A. The Making of an American Pluralism: Buffalo, New York, 1825-1860. (1989). 531 pp.
  • Gjerde, Jon. The Minds of the West: Ethnocultural Evolution in the Rural Middle West, 1830–1917 (1997) online edition
  • Iverson, Noel. Germania, U.S.A.: Social Change in New Ulm, Minnesota. (1966), emphasizes Turners
  • Jaehn, Tomas. Germans in the Southwest, 1850-1920. (2005). 242 pp.
  • Jensen, Richard. The Winning of the Midwest, Social and Political Conflict 1888–1896" (1971), focus on voting behavior of Germans, prohibition issue, language issue and school issue
  • Johnson, Hildegard B. "The Location of German Immigrants in the Middle West". Annals of the Association of American Geographers 41 (1951): 1–41. in JSTOR
  • Jordon, Terry G. German Seed in Texas Soil: Immigrant Farmers in Nineteenth-century Texas. (1966)
  • Jordon, Terry G. Germans," Handbook of Texas Online (2006)
  • Kamphoefner, Walter. The Westfalians: From Germany to Missouri (1987).
  • Kazal, Russell A. Becoming Old Stock: The Paradox of German-American Identity (2004) ethnicity and assimilation in 20c Philadelphia excerpt and text search; online review
  • Kazal, Russell A. "The Interwar Origins of the White Ethnic: Race, Residence, and German Philadelphia, 1917-1939." Journal of American Ethnic History 2004 23(4): 78-131. Issn: 0278-5927 Fulltext: Ebsco
  • Keil, Hartmuth, and John B. Jentz, eds. German Workers in Industrial Chicago, 1850-1910: A Comparative Perspective (1983). 252pp
  • Luebke, Frederick. Immigrants and Politics: the Germans of Nebraska, 1880–1900. (1969)
  • Marshall, Howard Wight and Goodrich, James W., eds. The German-American Experience in Missouri: Essays in Commemoration of the Tricentennial of German Immigration to America, 1683-1983. (1986). 218 pp.
  • Merrill, Peter C. German-American Urban Culture: Writers and Theaters in Early Milwaukee. (2000). 128 pp. online review
  • Nadel, Stanley. Little Germany: Ethnicity, Religion, and Class in New York City, 1845-80. (1990). 242 pp.
  • Parsons, William T. Pennsylvania Germans: A Persistent Minority. (1985); (published in 1976 as The Pennsylvania Dutch: A Persistent Minority). 298pp
  • Pickle, Linda Schelbitzki. Contented among Strangers: Rural German-Speaking Women and Their Families in the Nineteenth-Century Midwest. (1996). 311 pp.
  • Probst, George Theodore. The Germans in Indianapolis, 1840-1918. (1989). 200 pp.
  • Schneider, Dorothee. Trade Unions and Community: The German Working Class in New York City, 1870-1900. (1994). 273 pp.
  • Stenzel, Bryce O. German immigration to the Minnesota river valley frontier, 1852- 1865: wir stammten aus Deutschland nach hausen Minnesota (2002), 119pp excerpt and text search
  • Struve, Walter. Germans and Texas: Commerce, Migration, and Culture in the Days of the Lone Star Republic (1996).
  • Tischauser, Leslie V. The Burden of Ethnicity The German Question in Chicago, 1914–1941 (1990).
  • vanRavenswaay, Charles. The Arts and Architecture of German Settlements in Missouri: A Survey of a Vanishing Culture. (1977). 536 pp.
  • Wood, Ralph, ed. The Pennsylvania Germans. (1942)
  • Wyman, Mark. Immigrants in the Valley: Irish, Germans and Americans in the Upper Mississippi Country, 1830-1860. (1984). 258 pp.
  • Zeitlin, Richard H. Germans in Wisconsin. (2000). 72 pp.

Religious groups

  • Alderfer, E. Gordon. The Ephrata Commune: An Early American Counterculture. (1985). 273 pp.
  • Atwood, Craig D. Community of the Cross: Moravian Piety in Colonial Bethlehem. (2004). 283 pp.
  • Barkai, Avraham. Branching Out: German-Jewish Immigration to the United States (1994).
  • Barry, Colman J. The Catholic Church and German Americans. (1953)
  • Behney, J. Bruce and Eller, Paul H. The History of the Evangelical United Brethren Church. (1979). 423 pp.
  • Coburn, Carol K. Life at Four Corners: Religion, Gender, and Education in a German-Lutheran Community, 1868–1945 (1992).
  • Dolan, Jay P. The Immigrant Church: New York's Irish and German Catholics, 1815-1865. (1975). 221 pp.
  • Gleason, Philip. The Conservative Reformers: American Catholics and the Social Order. (1968)
  • Grummer, James Edward. "The Parish Life of German-Speaking Roman Catholics in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, 1840-1920." PhD dissertation U. of Notre Dame 1989. 286 pp. DAI 1989 49(10): 3136-A. DA8901491 fulltext in ProQuest Dissertations & Theses
  • Kantowicz, Edward R. Corporation Sole: Cardinal Mundelein and Chicago Catholicism (1983)
  • Longenecker, Stephen L. Piety and Tolerance: Pennsylvania German Religion, 1700-1850. (1994). 195 pp.
  • McMaster, Richard K. Land, Piety, Peoplehood: The Establishment of Mennonite Communities in America, 1683-1790 (1985).
  • Mauch, Christof and Salmons, Joseph, eds. German-Jewish Identities in America. (2003). 171 pp.
  • Pahl, Jon. Hopes and Dreams of All: The International Walther League and Lutheran Youth in American Culture, 1893-1993 (1993),
  • Riforgiato, Leonard R. Missionary of Moderation: Henry Melchior Muhlenberg and the Lutheran Church in English America. (1980) 250 pp.
  • Roeber, A. G. Palatines, Liberty, and Property: German Lutherans in Colonial British America (1998).
  • Scholz, Robert F. Press Toward the Mark: History of the United Lutheran Synod of New York and New England, 1830-1930 (1995).
  • Shaw, Stephen J. The Catholic Parish as a Way-Station of Ethnicity and Americanization: Chicago's Germans and Italians, 1903-1939. (1991). 206 pp.
  • Walch, Timothy. The Diverse Origins of American Catholic Education: Chicago, Milwaukee, and the Nation. (1988). 235 pp.

Primary Sources

Collections of primary sources

  • Kamphoefner, Walter D. and Helbich, Wolfgang, eds. Germans in the Civil War: The Letters They Wrote Home. (2006). 521 pp.
  • Kamphoefner, Walter D.; Helbich, Wolfgang; and Sommer, Ulrike, eds. News from the Land of Freedom: German Immigrants Write Home. (1991). 645 pp.
  • Keil, Hartmut and Jentz, John B., eds. German Workers in Chicago: A Documentary History of Working-Class Culture from 1850 to World War I. (1988). 427 pp.