Lanciato nel 2010 dall’Istituto storico tedesco di Washington, il bellissimo progetto Immigrant Entrepreneurship: German-American Business Biographies, 1720 to the Present raccoglie centinaia di biografie corredate da immagini, documenti e filmati che ricostruiscono l’attività degli imprenditori tedeschi emigrati negli Stati Uniti dal 1720 ad oggi.
Il sito può essere navigato seguendo percorsi liberi oppure seguendo la scansione temporale suggerita dai curatori, i quali hanno suddiviso le voci del dizionario biografico in cinque ‘volumi’ virtuali:
1: From the Colonial Economy to Early Industrialization, 1720-1840
2: The Emergence of an Industrial Nation, 1840-1893
3: From the End of the Gilded Age to the Progressive Era, 1893-1918
4: The Age of the World Wars, 1918-1945
5: From the Postwar Boom to Global Capitalism, 1945-Today
Launched in 2010 by the German Historical Institute, Washington, DC, Immigrant Entrepreneurship: German-American Business Biographies, 1720 to the Present is a new online project focusing on two important themes in American history: immigration and entrepreneurship. Immigrant entrepreneurship was one of the decisive factors in the United States’ rise as an economic superpower in the late nineteenth century. The country benefited from the relative openness and freedom that attracted talent from around the world and encouraged minorities who fled discrimination elsewhere to try their luck. This collaborative research project will shed new light on the entrepreneurial and economic capacity of immigrants by investigating the German-American example in the United States. It will trace the lives, careers, and business ventures of eminent German-American businesspeople of the last three hundred years, integrating the history of German-American immigration into the larger narrative of U.S. economic and business history.
The website for the project presents peer-reviewed, in-depth biographies of leading German-American entrepreneurs supported by archival images, documents, and even videos; long-form essays that explore larger themes related to immigration and entrepreneurship in the U.S.; and a multitude of other unique resources to form a new digital archive exploring the nexus of immigration and entrepreneurship. To help guide you through the website please consult the project overview.