German Seed in Texas Soil

9780292727076: Paperback
Release Date: 1st January 1975

11 b&w illus., 14 figures, 52 tables

Dimensions: 152 x 229

Number of Pages: 261

Series Texas Classics

University of Texas Press

German Seed in Texas Soil

Immigrant Farmers in Nineteenth-Century Texas

Paperback / £20.99

Terry Jordan explores how German immigrants in the nineteenth century influenced and were influenced by the agricultural life in the areas of Texas where they settled. His findings both support the notion of ethnic distinctiveness and reveal the extent to which German Texans adopted the farming techniques of their Southern Anglo neighbors.

  • Preface to the Fourth Paperback Printing
  • Acknowledgments
  • 1. Introduction
  • 2. Nineteenth-Century Southern Agriculture and Its Expansion into Texas
  • 3. Nineteenth-Century German Farmers and Their Emigration to Texas
  • 4. Germans in the Cotton Kingdom: The Eastern End of the German Belt, 1831-1885
  • 5. Germans on the Rim of the Desert: The Western End of the German Belt, 1844-1885
  • 6. Conclusion: The Importance of Cultural Heritage in the Agricultural Systems of the Immigrant Groups
  • Appendix
  • Bibliography
  • Index

A sixth-generation Texan, the late Terry G. Jordan held the Walter Prescott Webb Chair in History and Ideas in the Department of Geography at the University of Texas at Austin. His many publications include Texas Log Buildings and German Seed in Texas Soil, both published by the University of Texas Press.

"The lasting benefits Texas has received from its Germans mark our place names, our historic records, even our food and drink. Dr. Jordan's [book] makes this clear and is a valuable contribution to Texana."

Dallas Morning News

"Detailed with maps, charts and pictures, the book is excellent reading for many Texans whose ancestors came to Texas direct from Europe."

San Antonio Express

". . . an eminently readable book . . . in its recording of the adaptation of a transplanted human population to a new environment."

West Texas Historical Association Year Book

"If one of my colleagues in American history asked me for a good book in geography, I would give him this one."

Economic Geography

"It makes a contribution to the lore of the nineteenth-century immigrant; it throws some light on the history of Texas agriculture. Perhaps more important, however, is that the method of research as well as the method of presentation ... show that geographer and historian can collaborate to their mutual benefit."

Journal of Southern History