Part 2 takes us to Napoleonic times and the following years of bitter oppression.
French troops at the Rhine, Grand Duchy of Berg. Louisiana purchase.
Napoleon’s wars in Europe, President Madison’s war against England.
The Bergmann brothers Niklas and Heinrich in Napoleon’s Grande Armée.
[Rhineland, around 1815] Hunger and despair in the Grand-Duchy of Berg. Mass emigrations begins.
The Bergmanns arrive in America and are warmly received.
Both brothers build up new lives for themselves and find happiness.
Great need in Germany. Many emigrant children are illiterate.
The United States push their border, further and ever further westwards
Jean of the German family smuggles Heine’s book to Niklas in the USA.
[America and Germany, 1848/49] In Germany, the revolution of 1848 fails, Lorenz Bergmann must flee.
[America, around 1850] Lorenz arrives in New York, with him is an Irish family who escapes famine.