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Germans in Texas

The Opinion page column "The Engine of Emigration," Jan. 8, gives an excellent review of the book "News from the Land of Freedom: German Immigrants Write Home." It brings up the particular situation of German immigrants to Texas.

As I point out in my book "The Golden Free Land," the Indian threat in Texas forced the Germans to settle not as individuals or families, but in organized colonies.

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These immigrants comprised three groups, each separated by time and locale of settlement: the intellectuals, the artisan-farmers, and the revolutionaries. Although they differed, all left their special mark on Texas history. Crystal Ragsdale, New Braunfels, Texas

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