Happy German-American Day
Report; Posted on: 2006-10-06 11:57:00


October 6 is German-American Day in the United States, honoring the great historical record of people of German descent in America. It joins Von Steuben Day in September and Oktoberfest as major German-American events.

First proclaimed by Ronald Reagan in 1987, German-American Day commemorates October 6, 1683, when Germantown, near Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, was founded as the first ethnic German outpost in the New World. This opened a period of mass ethnic-German migration, with large numbers coming as "redemptioners" -- White slaves. Less than one hundred years after the settling of Germantown the population of Pennsylvania was one-third German-speaking.

What is now Germany was only made into a nation in 1870, and so did not have a state-sponsored colonization program. However, America became home to many ethnic Germans, fleeing religious intolerance in their homelands. Among these were the Amish and Mennonite people, many of whom retain their religious lifestyle customs.

A large portion of people often classified as German-Americans are the Wends (Sorbs), who are Slavic people who resided in areas of what is now Germany. The Wends were especially important in helping to settle Texas. Given the Lutheran faith of the bulk of German Protestants, there has also been a degree of intermarriage with kindred co-religionists with Swedish, Danish and Finnish roots.

German-Americans gave America numerous great figures and influenced White America's culture, even giving us the Christmas tree. With the onset of the First World War German-Americans began a program of rapid assimilation.

Today, according to the 2000 Census, 24% of all Whites in the United States are German-Americans -- 16% of the total U.S. population.

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