Citizens in a Strange Land

A Study of German-American Broadsides and Their Meaning for Germans in North America, 17301830

By (author) Hermann Wellenreuther

Hardback - £78.95

Publication date:

05 August 2013

Length of book:

384 pages

Publisher

Penn State University Press

ISBN-13: 9780271059372

In Citizens in a Strange Land, Hermann Wellenreuther examines the broadsides—printed single sheets—produced by the Pennsylvania German community. These broadsides covered topics ranging from local controversies and politics to devotional poems and hymns. Each one is a product of and reaction to a particular historical setting. To understand them fully, Wellenreuther systematically reconstructs Pennsylvania’s print culture, the material conditions of life, the problems German settlers faced, the demands their communities made on the individual settlers, the complications to be overcome, and the needs to be satisfied. He shows how these broadsides provided advice, projections, and comment on phases of life from cradle to grave.

“Through his analysis of these prints, Wellenreuther provides new insights into the social, political, and religious history of the largest non-Anglophone minority in colonial, revolutionary, and young republican America. As a bonus to its scholarly value, the book is also an enjoyable read.”

—Gerald Theodore Macdonald, Journal of Moravian History