Little Germany: Ethnicity, Religion, and Class in New York City, 1845-80

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Author: Glen E. Lich
Date: June 1991
From: Urban History Review(Vol. 20, Issue 1)
Publisher: Becker Associates
Document Type: Book review
Length: 568 words
Lexile Measure: 1530L

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Nadel, Stanley. Little Germany: Ethnicity, Religion, and Class in New York, City, 1845-80. Urbana and Chicago: University of Illinois Press, 1990. Pp. viii, 242. Illustrations, tables, bibliography, index. $37.50 (U.S.) (cloth).

Little Germany is a commendable addition to the field of ethnic scholarship in North America. Neither filiopietistic nor essentially anecdotal, as an abundance of such works about the Germans in the United States and Canada have been, the study takes parts of four wards of New York City--"the first of the giant urban foreign-language settlements that came to typify American cities"--during a thirty-five-year period of the mid-nineteenth century, and develops from that base a generally interesting and worthwhile social history of a dynamic urban community. As a work of scholarship and also as a well-written, effectively contexted, methodological case study of urban and community research, Little Germany makes important contributions to...

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