I've spent the last few weeks putting together a family narrative on two of my Luxembourger ancestors and, given the presidential inauguration, realized that I had left one major question unanswered: what did my ancestors think of American politics?
arrived in the United States in about the mid-point of Luxembourger
immigration, which is to say, right around the American Civil War. Both
were too young to fight in the conflict. As a result, I can't tell much
about how they would have chosen sides from the records. But it leaves
me to wonder: what did they think of their country, and its politics?
Honestly, I may never know. The records I have indicate that my male
ancestor was very involved locally, but say nothing about the national
level. He definitely read the Luxemburg Gazette and not the New York Times. Was he concerned about the national government?
I can say definitively yes to that. Because he was naturalized years
before one had to be. The only good reason to go through the process was
to vote. And he did. So, hopefully, he would be proud watching today's