|This research will examine two books on immigration to the American Midwest in the nineteenth century: Immigrant Milwaukee, 1836-1860, by Kathleen Neils Conzen, and Ethnicity on Parade, by April R. Schultz. The plan of the research will be to discuss both works with reference to the means by which dominant themes are developed, including the respective authors' use of primary sources.
Conzen's Immigrant Milwaukee focuses principally on the dramatic influx of German immigrants to Milwaukee, Wisconsin, in the 25 years before the Civil War. The book is basically a chronicle of the development of a German community within a city that was itself being created, having been founded in 1826. The coping strategies that German immigrants engaged in to assure their economic survival and their identity as an ethnic community were