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Celebration of Scholarship and Creative Activity 2023

The Grass is Always Greener: Agriculture and American Nineteenth-Century German Immigration Pamphlets

Catie Gullickson

Senior, History


This research analyzed German immigration pamphlets published by the state of Wisconsin and investigates the State of Wisconsin’s investment in immigration, particularly German immigration, from the mid to late nineteenth century. This research asserts that the targeting of this group of immigrants was not random. The State of Wisconsin was aware of poor social, economic, and agricultural conditions in Germany during the mid to late nineteenth century and encouraged German immigrants to bring their wealth and knowledge to Wisconsin by luring them with descriptions of an agricultural paradise.

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