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    Re: AW: Re: German North America

    Quote Originally Posted by Leofric
    When regional variation is factored in (which is huge in discussions of slang terms), it becomes very easy to believe that in the speech community where Georgia grew up, Ami could have carried pejorative weight that it now universally lacks.
    I should point out that the word "American" itself can be used in a pejorative sense just about everywhere in the world, including the United States, that's the only sense in which "Ami" would ever have been used as a pejorative.

    A person can also be very pro-Bush and very anti-American. I know you know that, Nordgau — I just wanted it on the Skadi record.


    Simply because a person might have a good laugh at Bush's failures and support the general lessening of American influence caused by his reign doesn't make them genuinely pro-Bush. An ardent Bush supporter (are there any left? LOL!) would certainly object to a person like that.

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    Lightbulb German-American Heritage: Ancestry By U.S. State




    By the looks of this census, most americans consider themselves of german heritage, predominantly. i think this is interesting, and makes me proud germans have procreated in the New World so sucessfully

    of note..i was suprised puerto ricans consider themselves ethnically puerto rican!

    wow!

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    Re: German-american heritage

    I like how they have American Indian and American. I wonder what they mean by "American."

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    Re: German-american heritage

    "American" is an ancestry mostly picked by White/Europid individuals who ancestors came here many generations ago. It's most common in the South & parts of New England. Most persons claiming "American" ancestry are of predominately English/Scottish/Welsh ancestry with smaller amounts of German, Dutch & Huguenot ancestry from colonial times. Many persons of similar background do not claim an ancestry/ethnicity because they associate ethnicity as meaning other than Anglo-Saxon/British or for example they might claim their 1/4 German heritage but ignore their 3/4 English ancestry. That is why the English/British component of the American population is usually underestimated.

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    Re: German-american heritage

    Speaking of heritage, does anyone know where I could get some images of traditional costumes. More specifically Baden-Baden or Badem-Wurtemburg. (Gods, I hope I spelled that right.)

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    Re: German-american heritage

    Quote Originally Posted by Esther Helena View Post
    Speaking of heritage, does anyone know where I could get some images of traditional costumes. More specifically Baden-Baden or Badem-Wurtemburg. (Gods, I hope I spelled that right.)
    Here are some pictures of old Trachts from Baden!
    http://volkstanz.at/Trachten/Trachteneinteilung.htm

    Click on Germany, then on the state in the southwest, then you have a series of old illustrations of Baden from its various regions. Those with "Bäuerin" or "Braut" in the title will give you females.

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    Re: German-american heritage

    Unfortunately, however, America is fast becoming a mongrel haven with the interbreeding of Whites with negroids and even mexican illegal aliens.

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    Happy German-American Day

    "Guten Tag"
    In Southern Germany we just say "Grüß Gott"


    October 6th is German-American Day!
    Therefore, Germans were present at the creation of this nation. The Germans who came to Jamestown in 1608 and subsequently in 1620 were the forerunners of the largest nationality to immigrate to the united States since its founding in 1776.

    It is a day to honor the contributions, life, heritage and culture of Germans in America,
    "and of course their contributions as they joined the Southland to fight the federal invaders." Below are just a few of the many:

    On the Southern side, surely one of the most interesting German figures was JEB Stuart's aide, Major Johann August Heinrich Heros Von Borcke. A tall, handsome blond young man in the German ideal, Von Borcke came from an old Prussian military family of the titled nobility. Serving in the Second Brandenburg Regiment of Dragoons at the time the Civil War began, either from boredom with garrison duty or due to an argument with his father, young Heros departed for the Confederacy, landing in Charleston, South Carolina, in May 1862. Introduced to JEB Stuart by Confederate Secretary of War George Randolph, Von Borcke quickly became a dear friend of the equally young Confederate cavalier, and from then on the Prussian was rarely far from Stuart's side. Despite a regrettable tendency to ascribe to himself a number of exploits which were actually the actions of others, Von Borcke's writings about his year on Stuart's staff and subsequent adventures in Virginia following his near-fatal wounding in June 1863 are entertaining and fill in a number of historical gaps. He was beloved and admired by his Confederate comrades.
    Von Borcke returned to Prussia and served his native land in a war with Austria in 1866; to his amusement and pleasure, the famous Austrian military genius Helmuth von Moltke greeted him with the words, "Are you not the American?" Forced to an early retirement in 1867 due to a Yankee bullet he still carried in his lung, Von Borcke married and had three sons. When he inherited a castle and estate at Giesenbrugge, it was his delight to fly the Confederate flag from its battlements. He died in 1895, reminiscing fondly about his days as a Confederate right up to the end.
    Source: The Civil War Society's "Encyclopedia of the Civil War."

    Another German, Charles Frederick Ernest Minnigerode, was pastor to Jefferson Davis, Christian president of the Confederate States of America: http://docsouth.unc.edu/imls/minnige...nnigerode.html
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    I have but one lamp by which my feet are guided; and that is the lamp of experience. I know of no way of judging the future but by the past.
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    Re: Happy German-American Day

    http://batsonsm.tripod.com/b/arba2.html




    South Carolina Artillery
    Artillery Batteries
    Ferguson's Battery
    Charleston German Artillery, Company A
    Charleston German Artillery, Company B
    Gist Guard Artillery
    Johnson's Horse Artillery
    Lafayette Battery
    Macbeth Artillery


    German Militärkompanien, which had recruited themselves mainly from German Miliztruppen, into the service of the Konföderation, under it the "Light Battery A" under Captain F.W. Wagener, the "Light Battery B" under Captain F. Melchers and the "Light Battery B, Hampton's Legion" under Captain Bachman, who had studied law in Göttingen, in order to be able to open in Charleston a lawyer and a notary's office suitable for German clients.
    1st South Carolina Artillery--- Colonel J. A. Wagener
    http://www.ehistory.com/uscw/library/or/028/0719.cfm
    German Volunteers-Bachman's Battery-Charleston ...

    After the surrender at Appomattox many of the German Confederates left their Southern homes returning to the land of their birth. They chose to live under a monarchy rather than going through reconstruction which was forced upon the conquered and occupied Southern Nation.

    Get out your German flag and display it proudly.
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    Re: Happy German-American Day

    LEARN SOME GERMAN!
    GOOD MORNING - Guten Morgen - [GOOTen MOR-gen]
    GOOD DAY - Guten Tag - [GOOTen targ]
    HOW ARE YOU? - Wie geht es Ihnen? - [VEE gate es
    EE-nen?]
    GOOD BYE - Auf Wiedersehen - [Owf VEEder zay-en]
    THANKS - Danke [Danker]
    YES - Ja - [Yah]
    NO - Nein - [Nine]
    NUMBERS
    ZERO - null - [nool]
    ONE - eins - [eye-ns]
    TWO - zwei - [tsv'eye]
    THREE - drei - [dry]
    FOUR - vier - [fear]
    FIVE - fünf - [fewnf]
    SIX - sechs - [zex]
    SEVEN - sieben - [ZEE-ben]
    EIGHT - acht - [acht]
    NINE - neun - [noyn]
    TEN - zehn - [zayn]
    DAYS
    MONDAY - Montag - [MON-targ]
    TUESDAY - Dienstag - [DEANS-targ]
    WEDNESDAY - Mittwoch - [MIT-voch] --
    THURSDAY - Donnerstag - [DONNERS-targ]
    FRIDAY - Freitag - [FRY-targ]
    SATURDAY - Samstag - [ZAMS-targ]
    SUNDAY - Sonntag - [ZONN-targ]

    DELICIOUS TRADITIONAL GERMAN DISHES
    YUMMY SOFT GERMAN PRETZEL
    (makes 12)
    Instead of sprinkling the pretzels
    with coarse salt before
    baking, brush some with butter and sprinkle with
    sugar and cinnamon for
    a sweet treat!

    Ingredients:
    1 cup warm water
    1 package dry active yeast
    1 1/2 cups flour
    2 tbs. vegetable oil
    1/2 tsp. salt
    1 1/4 cup flour
    4 cups water
    2 tbs. baking soda
    2 tbs. coarse salt
    Dissolve the yeast in the warm water and let stand for
    10 minutes. Add the
    vegetable oil, salt and 1 1/2 cups flour. Stir
    togrther until thoroughly
    combined. Add remaining flour and knead dough for 5
    minutes. Let the dough
    rest for 1 hour.
    Divide the dough into 12 equal shapes and reform them
    into small balls. Let
    them rest for 15 minutes. Roll them into 18" lengths
    and form them into
    pretzel shapes or cut each length in half to make
    sticks. Preheat oven to
    475 degrees.
    In a large pot, place the baking soda and water to a
    boil. Let the pretzels
    rise for a 1/2 hour. Add the pretzels to the boiling
    water for 1 minute.
    Remove and place on a greased sheet pan. Sprinkle with
    coarse salt and bake
    for 12 minutes."
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    Schwarzwälder Kirschtorte. Delicious! It's not at all difficult to bake, so carefully study the recipe below, put on your apron, and get started!
    Ingredients:
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    PASTRY:
    1 2/3 cups all-purpose flour
    1 1/2 cups white sugar
    2/3 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
    1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda
    1 teaspoon salt
    1 1/2 cups (butter-) milk
    1/2 cup shortening
    2 eggs
    1 teaspoon vanilla
    1/2 cup Schwarzwälder Kirschwasser (I used home-made cherry liquor)
    FILLING:
    1 cup sugar powder
    1 pinch salt
    1 can (0.5 liter) pitted cherries, drained
    1 cup heavy whipping cream
    1/2 teaspoon vanilla
    1 tablespoon kirschwasser
    TOPPING
    1 square semisweet chocolate, or remaining crumbs
    Baking:
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    Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Line the bottoms of two 8 inch round pans with parchment paper circles (since I didn't have such paper, I just greased the pans). Sift together flour, cocoa, baking soda and 1 teaspoon salt. Set aside.
    Cream shortening and sugar until light and fluffy. Add eggs and beat well. Add vanilla. Add flour mixture, alternating with milk, beat until combined.
    Pour into 2 round 8 inch pans. Bake for 35 to 40 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the cake comes out clean. Cool completely. Remove paper (if any) from under the cakes. Cut each layer in half, horizontally, making 4 layers total. Sprinkle layers with 1/2 cup Kirschwasser.
    In a separate bowl, whip the cream to stiff peaks. Beat in 1/2 teaspoon vanilla and 1 tablespoon Kirschwasser. Add sugar powder, and a pinch of salt. Beat again. Spread first layer of cake with 1/3 of the filling (use 1/2 of the filling if you have only 2 layers instead of 4). Top with 1/3 (2/3) of the cherries. Repeat with the remaining layer(s).
    Frost top and sides of cake. Sprinkle with chocolate curls made by using a potato peeler on semisweet baking chocolate. Or you can use the remaining crumbs to sprinkle the sides of the cake.
    Now, get your cup of tea or coffee, and Guten Appetit!
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    Ingredients for Glühwein (Lechner's Kochbuch).


    3 cups
    red wine
    1 cup
    water
    1/2
    cinnamon stick
    3
    cloves
    1/2
    lemon's juice
    some

    lemon peel



    Mix and heat up everything (don't let it boil, though); serve hot.
    And a variation:
    Take a huge pot or kettle. Place in it 1/2 cup of water. Add 1 tbsp ground cinnamon and 1 tbsp ground cloves and juice of 1 lemon. Bring to a boil. Add a 4-liter jug of burgundy (or other cheap red wine). Heat, but make sure the temperature stays below 170 degrees Fahrenheit (boiling point of ethyl alcohol). Add sugar to taste and brandy for additional wallop if the outside temperature drops below 0. Walk home, don't drive!

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