History

Purchased in 1855 by Ferdinand Flake, Die Union served the Galveston area under multiple titles until 1872 as Texas' first German-language newspaper. As the name indicates, it was a pro-Union, antislavery newspaper. Flake represented a small, elite minority of educated liberals, and published his liberal opinions in multiple Texas newspapers.

Ferdinand Flake left Germany for America at the age of 18, where he earned his living by selling cigars, owning and running a mercantile business, and then purchasing and running Die Union.

As the name indicates, Die Union was a pro-Union, antislavery newspaper; Flake represented a small, elite minority of educated liberals. He published his liberal opinions in multiple Texas newspapers, including Die Union. * Due to paper shortages of the Civil War, he temporarily discontinued the German language paper in 1862 to publish Flake's Bulletin only. Die Union* and Flake's Bulletin both ceased publication shortly after Ferdinand Flake's death in 1872.



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