Martin Stephan: The Saxons Get their Bearings

The well organized Saxon emigrants were comprised of a high percentage of educated men and tradespeople, with an average age of twenty five. They would be definite assets to the economy. In St. Louis, they found themselves in a bustling, vigorous town already made up of one quarter German heritage and growing rapidly. 1830-50 was a peak time of over 600,000 Germans emigrating to America. Clouds, not yet visible, were in the offing.

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