The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 57, July 1953 - April, 1954

VOL. LVII APRIL, 1954 No. 4
era-AmericaH NAewspapers i
exas with Special Referele to the
reras Volksblatt, 1877-1879
ALTHOUGH many valuable studies of German language news-
papers have been printed in divers parts of America, a
comprehensive history of German-American journalism
in the United States has yet to be written. While James Melvin
Lee in his History of American Journalism and Robert Jones in
his Journalism in the United States cast no light on the history
of German-American newspapers, slight contribution is made by
Frank L. Mott in his American Journalism. The part played by
German language newspapers in the life and Americanization of
the German element in Texas from 1846 to the present has like-
wise not been subjected to a thorough investigation.
Publication of German language newspapers in Texas dates
from the establishment of the Galveston Zeitung in 1846. The
exact date of appearance of the Galveston Zeitung is uncertain,
but the issues for December 2 and 9, 1854, which are on file in
the office of the Neu-Braunfelser Zeitung, are the forty-ninth and
fiftieth of the eighth year of publication. If the paper was in con-
tinuous publication during those years, the first issue appeared
in late December, 1846. On August 9, 1847, the Galveston Dem-
ocratic Telegraph and Register ventured the hope that this Ger-
man language newspaper would "solace the German immigrants
in the distant wilds" and "come to them like the sunbeams to
gladden their hearts with sweet thoughts of Faderland." The date
on which the Galveston Zeitung ceased publication is as yet not

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