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Emigrant World BallinStadt, in Hamburg, Germany.

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.

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Today in History
August 12

1972: The last American combat ground troops leave Vietnam.

1898: Hawaii is formally annexed to the United States.

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 machine.

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“A bill of rights is what the people are entitled to against every government on earth, general or particular, and what no just government should refuse, or rest on inferences.”

Thomas Jefferson, in a letter to James Madison, December 1787

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