By Jonathan Wagner
Human migration figures prominently in sleek international background, and has performed a pivotal function in shaping the Canadian nationwide nation. but whereas a lot has been written approximately Canada's multicultural history, little consciousness has been paid to German migrants even supposing they compose Canada's 3rd greatest eu ethnic minority. A historical past of Migration from Germany to Canada, 1850-1939 addresses that hole within the checklist. Jonathan Wagner considers why Germans left their domestic state, why they selected to settle in Canada, who assisted their passage, and the way they crossed the sea to their new domestic, in addition to how the Canadian executive perceived and solicited them as immigrants. He examines the German context as heavily as advancements in Canada, providing a brand new, extra entire method of German-Canadian immigration. This e-book will attract scholars of German Canadiana, in addition to to these drawn to Canadian ethnic heritage, and eu and sleek overseas migration.
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52 Cooper's German readers included not simply the educated middle class but large numbers of society's literate lower orders as well. Cooper's popularity in Germany may be attributable to several causes. One factor was the contemporary German political context, for the years between 1815 and 1848 were characterized by repression and reaction. The chaos of early industrialization and economic change no doubt also played a role. To youthful spirits suffering in Germany's stifling climate, the primeval forests of Cooper's novels appeared as a fresh, invigorating, free place for vicarious escape.
89 Despite the truth in much of this, the number of emigrants heading for Canada during the Civil War did not increase dramatically. 90 In sum, the image created for Canada in the period 1850-70, although modelled in many ways on that of the United States, remained distinct. Despite the fact that both countries touted their free, productive land and their civilized institutions and customs, major differences existed. To the hope for greater wealth and personal freedom, to the promise of low taxes and free public education, the American image added an element absent in the Canadian version, namely, that of adventure or even danger.
86 Canadian recruiters and agents saw the American Civil War as a splendid opportunity to promote Canadian immigration at the expense of the United States. "87 Free expression also existed in Canada to a greater degree than in war-torn America. "The violent passions sweeping both the southern and northern United States and the summary proceedings through which opinions are controlled," the Allgemeine Auswanderungszeitung editorialized in May 1861, "stand in dramatic contrast to the freedom of discussion to which Migration in the 1850s and 1860s the immigrant is accustomed in Canada.
A History of Migration from Germany to Canada, 1850-1939 by Jonathan Wagner