Faith, Frauen, and the formation of an ethnic identity [electronic resource] : German Lutheran women in south and central Texas, 1831-1890 /Show full item record
|Title||Faith, Frauen, and the formation of an ethnic identity [electronic resource] : German Lutheran women in south and central Texas, 1831-1890 /|
|Author||Knarr, Mary L|
|Description||Title from dissertation title page (viewed Mar. 26, 2009).
Thesis (Ph.D.)--Texas Christian University, 2009.
Department of History; advisor, Gregg Cantrell.
Includes bibliographical references.
Text (electronic thesis) in PDF.
This dissertation argues that German Lutheran women living in south and central Texas from 1831 to 1890 involved themselves in family, church, and community to reconstruct their conservative notions of society in a frontier setting. Going beyond the traditional interpretations of kinder, kuche, und kirche, I show that the women's Lutheran faith informed how they reacted to the immigration process. Frontier conditions allowed these frauen to assume more active and often public roles than they would have done in Germany. However, the women undertook these duties to establish conservative notions of family, church, and gender in their new land. Moreover, even as their faith helped assuage much of the dislocation of immigration for first-generation frauen, they emphasized Lutheran values to descendants whom the women feared were becoming Americanized. Ultimately, Lutheranism informed how these women constructed understandings of family and community while providing a template for what it meant to be a German-Texan.
|Subject||Lutheran women Texas History 19th century.
Lutheran Church Texas History 19th century.
German American women Texas History 19th century.
Women in church work Texas History 19th century.
German Americans Ethnic identity.
German Americans Cultural assimilation.
Texas Social life and customs.
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