Prairie Promises, Lone Star Limits: Depictions of Texas in German Travelogues from 1830-1860

Haas, Astrid orcid iconORCID: 0000-0001-8628-8129 (2018) Prairie Promises, Lone Star Limits: Depictions of Texas in German Travelogues from 1830-1860. In: Deutschland und die USA im Vor- und Nachmärz: Politik—Literatur—Wissen­schaft. Aisthesis, Bielefeld, pp. 235-253. ISBN 978-3-8498-1298-0

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Abstract

The essay discusses three travelogues penned by German emigrants or visitors to Texas from the 1830s through the 1850s. These texts exemplify both widespread German imaginaries of North America during era of the Vormärz (1830-1848) and Nachmärz eras (1848-1860) and particular modifications of these, related to the specific history of Texas at the time. As these examples demonstrate, German travelogues to Texas from the period testify to the significance of the region in the German collective imaginary of North America at the time as much as they informed the massive migration of Germans to Texas that has profoundly shaped the history and culture of the region to this day. Comparing the three travelogues studied here simultaneously reveals the diversity of experiences and vantage points as well as the impact of specific historical contexts and individual positions for the shaping of these imaginaries.


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