Walter D. Kamphoefner

Walter D. Kamphoefner

Walter D. Kamphoefner has taught at Texas A&M University since 1988 and has written widely on immigration and ethnicity, with articles in four languages and three authored or coedited books in German and English. Since publishing a pioneering transatlantic study, The Westfalians: From Germany to Missouri (1987), he has worked extensively with immigrant letters and on bilingual education and the immigrant language transition. He served as president of the Society for German American Studies from 2015 to 2017. While his research focuses primarily on German immigrants, he also regularly teaches a course on multiethnic immigration, past and present, and occasionally publishes editorials on the subject.

Lectures

  • American Immigration, Past and Present: Myths and Reality *
  • Beyond Liberty Cabbage: The German-American Experience during World War I
  • Elvis and Other Germans: Some Observations and Modest Proposals on the Writing of Ethnic History
  • German Texans: Model Minority or Reluctant Americanizers?
  • The Shaky Alliance of German Immigrants and Blacks during Reconstruction and Beyond
  • What German Americans Fought For: Evidence from their Civil War Letters


Lectures marked with a * are offered as part of the OAH's initiative, Historians' Perspectives on the Rise of Donald Trump.

Video

"The Cause of Union and Freedom: Missouri Germans and the Civil War"

This lecture was presented as the annual Harold Holmes Dugger Lecture at Southeast Missouri State University. Recorded in April 2012.


Slides

"The Cause of Union and Freedom: Missouri Germans and the Civil War"

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