Wednesday, June 20, 2012

GHI Launches “Immigrant Entrepreneurship” Website

The German Historical Institute, Washington D.C. (GHI) announces the on-line launch of “Immigrant Entrepreneurship: German-American Business Biographies, 1720 to the Present.” The project offers a collection of essays on first- and second-generation German-American immigrant entrepreneurs from John Peter Zenger and Adolphus Busch to Carl Laemmle and Lillian Vernon, as well as contextual essays on topics such as the 1848 revolutions and the impact of Prohibition that provide further background on the history of German-American entrepreneurship. A variety of photographs, media clips, and business documents are used to illustrate the essays. Other components of the project will include bibliographies for further research and suggestions for using the "Immigrant Entrepreneurship" website in the classroom.
   The project has identified more than 200 potential candidates for biographical essays, and the GHI continues to commission new essays for publication. A full description of the project can be found on the website, including guidelines for authors and a list of available biographies. For more information, or to be added to the project’s e-newsletter list, please contact