Gustave Koerner – Travel in the Midwest




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Gustave Koerner’s Memoirs Volume 1Koerner’s Travels in the U.S., particularly Kentucky, Illinois, and Missouri. Gustave Koerner arrived in the U.S. on the heals of the Uprising at Frankfurt. He explored the Utopia known as Missouri described in Gottfried Duden’s book for emigrants. Read Koerner’s first reactions to “The Far West” as the Mississippi River Valley region was known ca. 1833.(See section “Koerner practices law” for commentary on Duden’s promotion of Missouri to attract German immigrants.) Come with him as he struggles to establish himself in a career in a world where English was the main language and Law was patterned after the English court system. 

    Koerner wrote a response to Duden’s book which described Missouri as a paradise.  He also advised immigrants to have enough money to make it through their first year as they adjusted to life in a new land.  Koerner would also write a book for immigrants explaining the laws in their native German language.

Koerner attended lectures at Transylvania University in Kentucky and while there, he met Mary Toddd, who would marry Abraham Lincoln ten years later.

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