The Biggest Ethnic Group

Census figures for 2000 showed the biggest ethnic group by national ancestry was German. That year, 42.8 million Americans—15.2 percent of the whole—identified their ancestry as German. The 2010 census showed the biggest ethnic group was Hispanics, including Mexican, Puerto Ricans, Cubans, Spanish, and others Latinos. However, although the Census Bureau has yet to issue its 2010 ancestry report, it appears Germans will remain the largest single national ancestry group.

 The amazing story of the role of that group in the development of St. Louis is the subject of Beer, Brats, and Baseball: St. Louis Germans.  The book by writer Jim Merkel will be out in September and is available through Amazon.com. The release/signing party will be from 2-5 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 16 at the Feasting Fox, 4200 S. Grand. Blvd. in St. Louis.

Published by Jim Merkel

Reedy Press published four of my books, Hoosiers and Scrubby Dutch: St. Louis's South Side, 2010; Beer, Brats, and Baseball: St. Louis Germans, 2012; The Making of an Icon: The Dreamers, The Schemers, and the Hard Hats Who Built the Gateway Arch; and the Second Edition of Hoosiers and Scrubby Dutch: St. Louis's South Side, 2014. They're available in bookstores and online. For an autographed copy, send a check for $21.50 made out to Jim Merkel, to Jim Merkel, 4216 Osceola St., St. Louis, MO 63116.

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