Language Matters

Kathleen Stein Smith, Ph.D

Where America’s biggest ancestral group — Germans — live in the U.S.

“Germans are the largest ancestral group in the U.S., with 15.3 percent of Americans reporting that they had German heritage in 2013 (the Census allows people to pick more than one group). Almost all of these people are concentrated in middle America. This is in part because Congress turned a huge part of the country over to the railroads in the mid- to late 19th Century. In order to raise money to build the railroads, the companies actively recruited people in Germany to immigrate to the U.S. and buy the land.”

Read more @

Languages do matter!


Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: