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Author Trenckmann, William A., 1859-1935,
Title Erlebtes und Beobachtetes. English
Preserving German Texan identity : reminiscences of William A. Trenckmann, 1859-1935 / edited by Walter L. Buenger and Walter D. Kamphoefner.
Imprint College Station : Texas A & M University Press, [2019]
Edition First edition.

Author Trenckmann, William A., 1859-1935,
Series Elma Dill Russell Spencer series in the West and Southwest ; 45
Elma Dill Russell Spencer series in the West and Southwest ; 45.
Subject Trenckmann, William A., 1859-1935.
Agricultural and Mechanical College of Texas -- Alumni and alumnae -- Biography.
Teachers -- Texas -- Biography.
Journalists -- Texas -- Biography.
German American legislators -- Texas -- Biography.
Legislators -- Texas -- Biography.
Alt Name Buenger, Walter L., 1951-
Kamphoefner, Walter D.,
Description 1 online resource.
Edition First edition.
Note Description based on online resource; title from PDF title page (EBSCO, viewed October 22, 2018).
Bibliography Note Includes bibliographical references and index.
Contents Erlebtes und Beobachtetes (experiences and observations) -- Millheim and its school -- Childhood and youth -- More about A & M -- More about the academy; teacher in Shelby -- Schoolmaster again -- The principal becomes an editor -- About the Wochenblatt in Bellville -- State politics -- War and politics -- The move to Austin -- World War -- Aftermath of the war and conclusion -- Appendixes: Christmas in troubled times -- 1907 Long Horn -- Suggested readings.
Summary Born in Millheim, Texas, to a family of German immigrants who moved to Texas in the wake of the 1848 revolution, William Andreas Trenckmann was a teacher, journalist, and publisher who successfully combined his German heritage with a new, distinctly Texan identity. His education was cultivated at the brand new Agricultural and Mechanical College of Texas, where he distinguished himself as the valedictorian of the first graduating class; he later served on the college's board of directors and was even offered the presidency. From 1907 to 1909, he represented Austin County in the Texas legislature. Trenckmann's lasting contribution to Texas history, however, was the creation of Das Wochenblatt, a German-language weekly newspaper that he edited and published for over forty years. Das Wochenblatt became a popular and respected source of information for German-speaking immigrants, their descendants, and the Texas communities where they lived and worked. Through the paper, Trenckmann advocated for civil liberties and free elections. He also vigorously opposed prohibition, the Ku Klux Klan, and later the rise of Adolf Hitler and National Socialism. When the United States entered World War I, many German-language publications were suspended or otherwise heavily censored, but Trenckmann's newspaper was granted a rare exemption from the wartime government. From 1931 to 1933, Trenckmann serialized his memoirs, Erlebtes und Beobachtetes, or "experiences and observations." In Preserving German Texan Identity, historians Walter L. Buenger and Walter D. Kamphoefner present a revised and annotated translation of those memoirs as a revealing window into the lives of German Texans in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries.
ISBN 9781623497149 (electronic bk.)
1623497140 (electronic bk.)
OCLC # 1056952234

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