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Unread 05-13-2009, 04:31 AM
 
Location: The western periphery of Terra Australis
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Default Are German Americans seen as 'ethnic' in the South?

They seem to be seen as the 'vanilla variety' in the Northeast and Midwest, but are German Americans seen more in light of their German identity in the South, where most are black, English, or 'Scotch-Irish'?
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Unread 05-13-2009, 08:40 AM
 
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A German American would be someone born in Germany, and emigrated to the U.S. So yes, they'd be "ethnic," although that term is relative to whomever is using it.

If you're referring to someone of German descent, they are very common in the south Atlantic. We are not just "English and Scotch Irish," although those are dominant. We had large influxes of French Protestants and Germans that assimilated throughout the 1700's, and a decent share of Dutch, Swiss, and Welsh. German family names are very common, at least in North and South Carolina. The fact is, though, these nationalities/ethnicities were quick to Anglicize, and not to mention have been mixed together for many generations.

Here is an article from 1907, talking about immigration around SC.
http://www.geocities.com/Heartland/L...migration.html

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Unread 05-13-2009, 09:36 AM
 
Location: Near Chicago
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IMO, most whites in the south are not ethnic. However in the Midwest and Northeast, you can still find some whites speaking their native European language. The ones down south are more caught up in the United States ancestry.
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Unread 05-13-2009, 09:43 AM
 
Location: St Simons Island and Atlanta, GA
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IMO, most whites in the south are not ethnic. However in the Midwest and Northeast, you can still find some whites speaking their native European language. The ones down south are more caught up in the United States ancestry.
Not entirely.

www.smhg.org
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Unread 05-13-2009, 09:50 AM
 
Location: Near Chicago
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Not entirely.

www.smhg.org

I know it's not entirely, but you notice that southern whites pick United States as their ancestry on a higher percentage than the ones in the Midwest and Northeast.
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Unread 05-13-2009, 10:05 AM
 
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I know it's not entirely, but you notice that southern whites pick United States as their ancestry on a higher percentage than the ones in the Midwest and Northeast.
They pick "American", and they probably do so because the census is devoid of any good options for white southerners.
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Unread 05-13-2009, 10:42 AM
 
Location: Kentucky
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Not entirely.

www.smhg.org
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Unread 05-13-2009, 12:49 PM
 
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I know it's not entirely, but you notice that southern whites pick United States as their ancestry on a higher percentage than the ones in the Midwest and Northeast.
True.
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Unread 05-13-2009, 01:25 PM
 
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That map shows "ancestry with the largest population in each county"...the ancestry with the largest population might be 30%, and two other ancestries may have 28% and 25%. The map doesn't mean that one particular acenstry is dominant or that one particular ancestry is even a majority. It simply shows the particular ancestry of the highest percentage of the population from each county. BIG difference.

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Unread 05-13-2009, 02:08 PM
 
Location: Teaneck, NJ
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German... isn't that the biggest ancestry make up of the white population?
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