Germans of Louisiana

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During the antebellum period, New Orleans was the largest German colony below the Mason-Dixon line. Later settlements moved upriver between New Orleans and Donaldsonville, near Lecompte, and in North Louisiana near Minden. Germans of Louisiana is the first unified published study of the influence the German people made on the state of Louisiana and its inhabitants. Beginning with the French and Spanish colonial periods and working through the post-Civil War period, this book covers the heritage those German settlers left behind.
ISBN: 9781589802445
Format: Hardback
Publisher: Pelican Publishing
State: Louisiana
Images: 73
Pages: 384
Dimensions: 6 (w) x 9 (h)
Mrs. Merrill, an accomplished research-writer and former professor at Dillard University, has been fascinated with the impact the German culture had upon the development of New Orleans. She worked for several years as the curator of education for the Historic New Orleans Collection. During this time she completed research related to the German heritage on the city and state with materials not available to the public. She began her teaching career as a professor at Dillard University. There, along with teaching, she learned "the art of grant writing." She received several grants from the Louisiana Endowment for the Humanities, enabling her to complete her manuscript. Ellen C. Merrill attended William and Mary College and Newcomb College, where she graduated Phi Beta Kappa in 1957. She then spent three years in Europe at University of Heidelberg, where she earned a diploma from the School of Translators and Interpreters. She returned to the States to obtain her Ph.D. in German language and literature from Tulane University. Through her research and education, she has published the first comprehensive study of the history of German culture in South Louisiana. Mrs. Merrill, whose passion for travel has led her to every continent except Antarctica, lives with her husband in New Orleans.
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