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?
The phrase "Mad as a March Hare" was popularized by Lewis Carrol in his classic, Alice in Wonderland, in which the March Hare is a character. The phrase was coined because hares are supposed to behave strangely during the March mating season.

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