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    Exclamation German North America

    I've created this thread with the intent of forming a central location for the gathering of information on activities and resources available for those members and visiting readers interested in connecting further with the German culture as it exists in the US and Canada.

    Some examples of appropriate topics might include listings of events (Ethnic societies, Goethe Institute, Universities and cultural institutions), contact information for clubs and businesses (book, music, DVD importers), links to German language media sources, etc.

    I’ll do my best, time permitting, to add what I can and I invite others to participate, as they are able…
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    I made this map to show people where the German-Americans live, and unlike other maps similiar to this that you may have seen, this map gives the percentages of Germans in each state out of the White population of that state instead of out of the total population.

    My methodology was simple: I took the percentage of people in each state who claimed German descent according to the Census and divided it by the percentage of that state that is White Non-Hispanic according to the Census. For example, if 20% of people in a given state are German descent, and the state is 65% White, 20/65 * 100 = 30.77 ... this state would be listed as 31% on the map
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    this map shows many interesting things about German-Americans:
    • The Midwestern states are all heavily German, in fact Germans are a majority of the White population in 6 states
    • Germans have a strong presence in all the Northern states except New England
    • Germans represent at least 25% of the White population in every state in the union except for the South, New England, and Utah (the Germans weren't big on converting to wacko cults like Mormonism I guess )
    • Generally speaking, the more Northwards you go, the higher percentage of Germans there are (at least East of the Rockies that's true)
    • It's no exaggeration to say that millions and millions of people worldwide wouldn't be alive today if it wasn't for the German-Americans, since they represent such a large percentage of the Midwestern farm states' population (the so-called "breadbasket of the world").
    • The data for some of the states radically changes when just the White popuation is used instead of the entire population. For example: Hawaii-Percent of state population that is German--9.3%. Percent of state population that is White Non-Hispanic--22.9%. Percent of White population that is German--40%. California-Percent of state population that is German--16.6%. Percent of state population that is White Non-Hispanic--46.7%. Percent of White population that is German--35.5%. ...and there's many more but those are two of the most striking.
    • Nearly Two-thirds of Whites in Wisconsin are German-descent, cementing that state's title as the most German-American state
    • If you meet a White Northerner who isn't from New England, the odds are well over 4 in 10 that they are German-descent


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    Post Re: German-Americans

    There seem to be very many German-Americans. One doesn't properly understand how America could side against Germany in two world wars.

    Did German-Americans support American anti-German war-efforts?

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    Post Re: German-Americans

    Quote Originally Posted by Utilitarianism
    There seem to be very many German-Americans. One doesn't properly understand how America could side against Germany in two world wars.

    Did German-Americans support American anti-German war-efforts?
    Why do you think America stayed out of WWI until near the end? And they didn't enter WWII until over two years after Poland was invaded...there were huge anti-war groups led by German-Americans during both wars, although moreso during WWI.

    Incidentally, in 1944, only 12 states voted against FDR in his re-election bid. 10 of them were Green and Red states on the map (i.e. they were very heavily German)...coincidence? One of these was the most German-American state, Wisconsin, even though they had voted for FDR in '32, '36, and '40!
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    Post Re: German-Americans

    Are the Germans the Largest Ethnic group in America or was it the Irish?

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    Post Re: German-Americans

    Quote Originally Posted by Northern_Paladin
    Are the Germans the Largest Ethnic group in America or was it the Irish?
    The Germans are the largest ethnic group in America. 60 million Americans claim German descent (24 million of those are only German descent), and 39 milion Americans claim Irish descent (10 million of those are only Irish descent).
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    20% of all Americans are of German descent; and 30% of White Americans are German descent
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    Quote Originally Posted by JoeDas
    The Germans are the largest ethnic group in America. 60 million Americans claim German descent (24 million of those are only German descent), and 39 milion Americans claim Irish descent (10 million of those are only Irish descent).
    ...

    20% of all Americans are of German descent; and 30% of White Americans are German descent
    The Germanic inhabitant of the American continent, who has remained racially pure and unmixed, rose to become master of the same; he will remain master as long as he does not fall victim to defilement of the blood. Mein KampfI:11

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    Post Re: German-Americans

    Es ist den Vereinigten Staaten Deutschlands ähnlich.

    At first americanize Europe.
    Then germanize America.
    After this you can germanize Europe and even Russians with bear faces
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    Post Re: German-Americans

    That's a great map you compiled there with an efficient legend.

    Germans are responsible for much of America's sucess and ingenuity, indeed.

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