Institute for Immigration Research

Immigrant Entrepreneurship: German-American Business Biographies, 1720-Present

Dr. Uwe Spiekermann

Wednesday, January 23, 2013 1:00 PM to 2:00 PM
Johnson Center, Room 337

Immigrant entrepreneurship was one of the decisive factors in the United States' rise as an economic superpower in the late nineteenth century. The country benefited from the relative openness and freedom that attracted talent from around the world and encouraged minorities who fled discrimination elsewhere to try their luck.

The collaborative research project Immigrant Entrepreneurship: German-American Business Biographies, 1720 to the Present explores the entrepreneurial and economic capacity of immigrants by investigating the German-American example in the United States. It traces the lives, careers, and business ventures of  German-American businesspeople of roughly the last two hundred and ninety years, integrating the history of German-American immigration into the larger narrative of U.S. economic and business history.

Dr. Uwe Spiekermann is Deputy Director of the German Historical Institute in Washington D.C. He has held teaching and research positions in Göttingen, Bremen, London, Exeter, Münster, and Vienna, and he also served as the managing director of a Heidelberg-based foundation for healthy nutrition. His work focuses on the economic and social history of Germany and the United States in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, the history of consumption, and the history of science and knowledge.

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