The Names of John Gergen: Immigrant Identities in Early Twentieth-Century St. Louis
Rescued from the dumpster of a boarded-up house, the yellowing scraps of a young migrant’s schoolwork provided Benjamin Moore with the jumping-off point for this study of migration, memory, and identity. Centering on the compelling story of its eponymous subject, The Names of John Gergen examines the converging governmental and institutional forces that affected the lives of migrants in the industrial neighborhoods of South St. Louis in the early twentieth century. These migrants were Banat Swabians from Torontál County in southern Hungary—they were Catholic, agrarian, and ethnically German.
University of Missouri Press
Banat Swabian, South St. Louis, immigrants, migrants
History, Philosophy, and Religion
Moore, Benjamin, "The Names of John Gergen: Immigrant Identities in Early Twentieth-Century St. Louis" (2021). Faculty Bookshelf. 31.