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Immigrant and entrepreneur : the Atlantic world of Caspar Wistar, 1650-1750 /
Rosalind J. Beiler.
imprint
University Park, Pa. : Pennsylvania State University Press, c2008.
description
xii, 208 p.
ISBN
027103372X (cloth : alk. paper), 9780271033723 (cloth : alk. paper)
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imprint
University Park, Pa. : Pennsylvania State University Press, c2008.
isbn
027103372X (cloth : alk. paper)
9780271033723 (cloth : alk. paper)
contents note
Men in the middle : Foresters and hunters in the early modern Palatinate -- Individual pursuits versus the common good : the constraints of village life in Waldhilsbach -- Contested identities : religious affiliation and diversity in the Palatinate -- Leaving home : the decision to emigrate -- Establishing professional and family connections : new beginnings in Pennsylvania -- Securing a legacy : Wistar's Pennsylvania land speculation -- Webs of influence : transatlantic trade and patronage -- Creative adaptations : the United Glass Company and Wistarburg, New Jersey.
abstract
"Examines the life of 18th century German immigrant and businessman Caspar Wistar. Reevaluates the modern understanding of the entrepreneurial ideal and the immigrant experience in the colonial era"--Provided by publisher.
catalogue key
6635405
 
Includes bibliographical references (p. [183]-199) and index.
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Appeared in Choice on 2009-07-01:
Beiler (Univ. of Central Florida) offers a detailed study of an early-17th-century German immigrant's success at utilizing his Palatine past to maneuver through "transatlantic economic networks" and local Pennsylvania politics. Replicating and expanding on his father's and grandfather's methods of advancing as government agents, along with maintaining economic ties with his associates in the Electoral Palatinate, Caspar Wistar emerged as one of the wealthiest colonists by midcentury. Maintaining a connection to the Palatinate, including newly arrived immigrants from the area, proved central to Wistar's meteoric rise. This is an excellent account of how Wistar's life exemplifies the opportunities transatlantic networks and systems afforded colonials, even non-British ones. However, the focus and scope of this project is likely too narrow for many libraries, especially since Beiler devotes half of the short work to Wistar's ancestors in the Palatinate. The author makes a strong argument that Wistar's life exemplifies the transatlantic opportunities available to North American immigrants, but other works analyze those trends and opportunities more broadly. Mid-Atlantic libraries, libraries with German American holdings, or those with larger collections and budgets. Summing Up: Highly recommended. Upper-division undergraduates and above. M. D. Bergmann Randolph-Macon College
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German immigrant Caspar Wistar arrived in Pennsylvania in 1717 with almost no money, but by the end of his life his wealth outstripped that of the contemporary elite more than threefold. This volume explores Wistar's life and reevaluates the entrepreneurial ideal and the immigrant experience in the colonial era.
Library of Congress Summary
"Examines the life of 18th century German immigrant and businessman Caspar Wistar. Reevaluates the modern understanding of the entrepreneurial ideal and the immigrant experience in the colonial era"--Provided by publisher.
Table of Contents
List of Maps, Figures, and Tablesp. vii
Preface and Acknowledgmentsp. ix
List of Abbreviationsp. xiii
Introductionp. 2
Wistar's Palatine World
Men in the Middle: Foresters and Hunters in the Early Modern Palatinatep. 13
Individual Pursuits Versus the Common Good: The Constraints of Village Life in Waldhilsbachp. 29
Contested Identities: Religious Affiliation and Diversity in the Palatinatep. 51
Leaving Home: The Decision to Emigratep. 71
Wistar's American World
Establishing Professional and Family Connections: New Beginnings in Pennsylvaniap. 89
Securing a Legacy: Wistar's Pennsylvania Land Speculationp. 111
Webs of Influence: Transatlantic Trade and Patronagep. 135
Creative Adaptations: The United Glass Company and Wistarburg, New Jerseyp. 155
Conclusionp. 173
Genealogy of Andreas Wusterp. 180
Genealogy of Hans Caspar Wusterp. 181
Genealogy of Caspar Wistarp. 182
Selected Bibliographyp. 183
Indexp. 201
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