By Justine Davis Randers-Pehrson
Mid-nineteenth-century Germany and the USA represent the history for the lifestyles tale of Adolf Douai as educator, writer, editor, and self-declared radical. A member of the 1848 progressive Landtag of Saxe-Altenburg, he was once imprisoned by way of reactionaries and later compelled to escape the rustic. His profession within the usa illustrates common sociopolitical stipulations confronted by means of German Forty-Eighters arriving as refugees. In Texas, Douai edited an abolitionist newspaper for 3 years, yet threats through Know-Nothings compelled him to escape to the north, the place he used to be recruited via organizers of the recent Republican celebration, who was hoping to draw German electorate for Frémont (1856) and Lincoln (1860). Douai is mostly linked to the Fröbel kindergarten method. His contacts integrated Robert Blum, Mikhail Bakunin, Frederick legislation Olmsted, and Louis Agassiz.
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283–284; D*, p. 17. 42 Douai, p. 37; D*, p. 24. Chapter 2 Russian Interlude during the German Vormärz To Adolf Douai, embarking on his adventurous adult years, “Russia” meant the Baltic provinces, known today as Estonia, Latvia, and Lithuania. The city of Dorpat [modern Tartu], where he intended to take certain qualifying examinations that would open the professional world to him there in the north, was a long way off. Theoretically, the trip could be made by sea, from Swinemünde (the outer harbor of Stettin) to Riga, and thence overland to Dorpat, but such travel required adequate funds—lacking in Douai’s case.
She had traveled there by sea, escorted by his father, and the young couple was married in his presence in one of the old churches of the city. The groom relates that he startled his Agnes shortly after the wedding by telling her that religious ceremonies had no significance. Love, he said, seals a marriage, and that’s all that matters. Unfortunately, finances also matter. Douai had to spend an inordinate amount of money, paying the travel expenses of his bride and his father, as well as the cost of his father’s return trip to Altenburg.
Friedrich Wilhelm IV of Prussia unfortunately was a thorough absolutist and a firm believer in the divine right of kings. He had nothing but contempt for a constitution, a mere sheet of paper as he called it, that would come between him and his people. His ideas on these matters were communicated to tsar Nicholas in a steady stream because the tsar was his brother-in-law (married to the Prussian king’s sister Charlotte, the tsarina Alexandra Feodorovna), and Friedrich Wilhelm was in the habit of writing emotionally to Alexandra Feodorovna concerning his problems with his unruly subjects.