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By Hans L. Trefousse

The biography of Carl Schurz is a narrative of an awesome lifestyles. on the age of nineteen, Schurz, a pupil on the college of Bonn, turned curious about the Revolution of 1848. engaging within the progressive military, he controlled to flee via a sewer throughout the siege of Rastatt, flee around the Rhine to France, and are available again to rescue his professor, Gottfried Kinkel, from a prison close to Berlin. This deed made him recognized, and while he got here to American in 1852, Schurz was once nominated for lieutenant governor of Wisconsin at the Republican price ticket. He fast rose within the social gathering and was once the pinnacle of the Wisconsin delegation on the 1860 nationwide conference. He labored demanding for the reason, and Lincoln rewarded him with the publish of Minister to Spain. on the outbreak of warfare he again to affix the Union military, turned an incredible basic, and participated in numerous vital battles. After the battle, he moved to Missouri, was once elected Senator from that nation, and have become a task version for his fellow German americans. In 1871 he grew to become one of many major figures within the Liberal Republican circulate, and in 1877 President Rutherford B. Hayes appointed him Secretary of the inner. After his retirement from the cupboard, Schurz grew to become lively within the politics of latest York, as an suggest of municipal and civil provider reform. He used to be a number one Mugwump who supported Grover Cleveland in 1884 and on the finish of his lifestyles grew to become a violent opponent of imperialism. He died in 1906. Carl Schurz, the fellow, his tale, his beliefs and his instance, are relatively applicable at the present time as a result of mild his lifestyles sheds at the endless difficulties of immigration, assimilation, and the retention of ethnic identification. Carl Schurz's profession furnishes a version instance for all of those.

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The easygoing Rhinelanders did not like it. 8 A gymnasium education usually lasted nine years, at the end of which students were required to take the Abitur, a final examination which would enable them to enter the university. But shortly before Schurz's last year at the school, disaster struck the family. His father, who had neither prospered in the hardware business nor in grain speculations, and whose venture in constructing and running an amusement hall had also been unsuccessful, sold his house at Liblar in order to move to Bonn to open a combination boardinghouse and restaurant for students.

Before the deal was completed, however, the buyer reneged. When Christian Schurz, who had already established credit on the basis of the projected sale, was unable to pay his notes, one of his creditors put him into debtors' prison. Carl rushed home; it was a dreadful experience to find his father behind bars, and he went to work immediately to help the family settle its affairs. The creditor was persuaded to let Schurz senior out of jail, the family moved to Bonn, and Carl had to leave the gymnasium.

Especially in Germany, divided into more than thirty-five loosely confederated states with reactionary rulers, pent-up longings for national unity and liberal constitutions could no longer be contained. In Austria and Prussia, the leading members of the Germanic Confederation, as well as in many of the smaller states, revolts flared up. In Vienna, Prince Metternich, the symbol of Austrian reaction, was forced to flee; in Berlin, Frederick William IV, the king of Prussia, after first making promises but then seemingly hesitating, was also unable to resist the general torrent.

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