By Justine Davis Randers-Pehrson
Mid-nineteenth-century Germany and the us represent the heritage for the lifestyles tale of Adolf Douai as educator, writer, editor, and self-declared radical. A member of the 1848 progressive Landtag of Saxe-Altenburg, he was once imprisoned by means of reactionaries and later compelled to escape the rustic. His occupation within the usa illustrates normal sociopolitical stipulations confronted by way of German Forty-Eighters arriving as refugees. In Texas, Douai edited an abolitionist newspaper for 3 years, yet threats via Know-Nothings compelled him to escape to the north, the place he used to be recruited via organizers of the recent Republican occasion, who was hoping to draw German citizens for Frémont (1856) and Lincoln (1860). Douai is mostly linked to the Fröbel kindergarten procedure. His contacts integrated Robert Blum, Mikhail Bakunin, Frederick legislations Olmsted, and Louis Agassiz.
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Adolf Douai, 1819-1888: The Turbulent Life of a German Forty-Eighter in the Homeland and in the United States by Justine Davis Randers-Pehrson