THIS is from German About.com
In the month of October Americans (and some Canadians)
commemorate the Germanic heritage element of American (and Canadian)
society. About one in four Americans claims to have German ancestors.
German-Americans from Adolph Coors to Albert Einstein have made
important contributions to both American and world culture. The
legendary Brooklyn Bridge was designed by a German-born engineer. The
American rockets to the moon were designed and supervised by another
German-American. There were Germans among the Jamestown settlers in 1607
and Germans (Prussians, Austrians, etc.) have continued to migrate to
the New World until the present day--most notably during the two
migratory waves of the late 1840s and from 1880 to 1889.
Here's an excerpt from President Ronald Reagan's 1987
German-American Day proclamation:
"The United States has embraced a vast
array of German traditions, institutions, and influences. Many of these
have become so accepted as parts of our way of life that their ethnic
origin has been obscured. For instance, Christmas trees and Broadway
musicals are familiar features of American society. Our kindergartens,
graduate schools, the social security system, and labor unions are all
based on models derived from Germany.
German teachers, musicians, and enthusiastic amateurs have left
an indelible imprint on classical music, hymns, choral singing, and
marching bands in our country. In architecture and design, German
contributions include the modern suspension bridge, Bauhaus, and
Jugendstil. German-American scientists have helped make the United
States the world's pioneer in research and technology. The American work
ethic, a major factor in the rapid rise of the United States to
preeminence in agriculture and industry, owes much to German-Americans'
commitment to excellence."
HERE IS A LINK TO A KAHOOTS QUIZ devised by German teacher, Frau Kim Warner, in honor of this day. Share your score below!