German Immigration to the United States and Their Contribution to This Country
Germans left their homeland for several reasons such as, looking for an improved standard of living, and later looking for freedom from military connection and political oppression (1796-1815), etc. It is possible to say that Germans have been present in America since the United States belonged to Great Britain.
According to Eltis (2002), as …show more content…
On another subject, Germans’ accommodation to the new world was not as difficult as it was for other immigrants. One of the most representative characteristics of Germans was their unification as a group; even though they were in separate lands, they remained unified. In fact, they were willing to give up part of their good land in order to stay near other groups of Germans. This union helped Germans cope with the new culture and begin to embrace it as their own.
Unlike other ethnic groups in the United States, Germans were neither prohibited to immigrate to the country, nor forced to leave it, not even when the United States was at war with Germany. In fact, “Germans were considered full citizens and suffered no limitation. The only immigrant group that fell under suspicion on the grounds of possible disloyalty was the Japanese.” (Luebke, 1990)