Five million Europeans left from Hamburg for the New World during the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, and another 7 million departed from nearby Bremerhaven. Two new museums keep all those travelers’ memories alive. This past Fourth of July, Hamburg’s brand-new Emigrant World BallinStadt was dedicated by German and American officials. Meanwhile, the German Emigration Center, in Bremerhaven, won the 2007 European Museum of the Year award. If you are one of the roughly 50 million Americans of German descent—and there are more of you than of any other non-British ancestral nationality—you can revisit your family’s history at both places. They’ll give you a sense of the fantastic pull our country had for Europeans at the time.
American Heritage, the nation’s preeminent magazine of history and the parent of this website, has stopped publication, at least temporarily, with the April/May 2007 issue, now on newsstands. The website will continue to publish.
1972:The last American combat ground troops
1898:Hawaii is formally annexed to the United
1898:The United States and Spain sign a peace
protocol formally ending the
Spanish-American War. Unaware of the peace
protocol, Commodore Dewey and Maj. Gen.
Wesley Merritt, leader of the army troops,
assault Manila the very next day.
1851:Isaac Singer receives a patent for his sewing