English settlers brought their language to the new world, and the Statue of Liberty was a gift from France. However, it is the long-lasting effect of German immigration that has had the largest influence on the U.S. population. Some 43 million Americans, or 15.2 percent of the total population, consider themselves to have German roots, according to the 2000 census, more than any other ethnic origin. German is still by far the most frequently reported ancestry in the country, followed by Irish with 10.8 percent and African-American with 8.8 percent.
Carl’s wife Margarethe Schurz also managed to have a long lasting impact on American life. She founded the first kindergarten in America in 1856. This German word has become such a natural part of the English language that many people don’t even recognize its linguistic roots.
Engineers John August Roebling, originally from Thuringia, and his son Washington Roebling gave New York its landmark, the Brooklyn Bridge. And Levi Strauss, born in Bavaria in 1829, is officially credited as the Father of the Blue Jeans.
Thanks to German settlers, America celebrates more Oktoberfests every fall than Germany itself., where the one and only original takes place in Munich.
Today, Americans of German descent are still the majority in 23 states, ranging from Alaska to Florida. In N. Dakota, S. Dakota and Wisconsin, more than 40 percent of the population claim German roots.
updated: March4, 2017
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