by Hattie Plum Williams
Edited by Emma S. Haynes, Phillip B. Legler and Gerda S. Walker
A recent edition of the history of the Germans from Russia (begun about seventy years ago and left incomplete at her death in 1963) by Professor Williams concentrates on the Volga Germans, giving scrupulously researched and highly detailed descriptions of conditions in Germany during the 18th century that made emigration so attractive. Also discussed are the activities of the Russian immigration agents, the trek of the immigrants to the interior of Russia, the difficult early years, eventual prosperity, and final decline following outbreak of hostility against the colonists, their immigration to America, and the difficult pioneer years. The book includes fifty-three rare pictures, two maps, an index, and an attractive dust jacket.