Kellers

In Rutherfurd's New York, the fictional German immigrant family of Keller enter America in the first half of the nineteenth century, and live by the Bowery on the Lower East Side in what was then known as Little Germany, or Kleindeutschland. The number of German immigrants was huge, and their descendants at one time probably constituted the largest national group in the USA. Most moved westwards as farmers, but many remained in New York City. The Kellers' neighbourhood also contained many Irish families, and Gretchen Keller soon becomes the close friend of the fictional Mary O'Donnell.




 

 

 

Did You Know?
Potatoes were made illegal in France for 24 years ! The French became convinced that the South American vegetable could cause a whole host of diseases, including leprosy, so in 1748, the cultivation and consumption of potatoes was strictly outlawed. It wasn’t until an imprisoned medical army officer named Antoine Auguste Parmentier survived in his prison cell subsisting solely on a diet of potatoes that acceptance of the food began to shift. After being released from prison, Parmentier went on to write a thesis about its health benefits, helping to overturn the law and re-introduce the potato to the French public in 1772. Within 20 years, potatoes became one of the most popular, and indeed, important foods in France. Even the ornamental royal gardens in Tuileres Palace in Paris - originally filled with flowers and exotic plants - were converted into potato fields.




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