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Online Lecture with Historian Roland Paul

IMPORTANT UPDATE: Lecture will now be in English!

„Die Auswanderung aus der Pfalz und der benachbarten Gebiete nach Nordamerika im 18. und 19. Jahrhundert“

“The Emigration from the Palatinate and the Neighboring Regions to North America in the 18th and 19th Centuries”

Join us on Thursday, Nov. 4 at 12:30 pm EST for a free Zoom event with historian Dr. Roland Paul

In the late 17th century, Southwest Germany had been an area of immigration, after the dramatic and traumatic events of the Thirty Years’ War and the Nine Years’ War. New arrivals came from Switzerland, Austria and other countries. A few decades later, in the early 18th century, the region produced emigres. Thousands of people followed the invitation of England’s Queen Anne to settle her North American colonies. English sources refer to them as Palatines (Pfälzer), although many of them were not even from the Electoral Palatinate or the Duchy Palatine Zweibrücken. They mostly immigrated to Pennsylvania, where their dialect, Pennsylvania Dutch, has survived to this day. With the beginning of the American Revolution, immigration almost came to a standstill, and only rose again in the 1830s. It reached a highpoint in the 1850s. Dr. Paul will discuss economic, social, political and religious causes, as well as more personal reasons (compulsory military service), which motivated people to leave their homes. He will use individual case studies to demonstrate how some people made it, while others ran out of luck.

Dr. Paul has given guest lectures at Kutztown University in Pennsylvania.

Please use this link to access the lecture:


It’s free and open to the public.

This event is in collaboration with the Deutsch-Amerikanisches Institut Saarland.


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