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Political Motives
During the German revolution of 1848, nationalists and democrats had risen up against the bureaucratic state and the monarchy. When the uprising was crushed, many active participants avoided arrest by fleeing to neighbouring countries. From there, the majority of exiles travelled on to the "Land of Freedom and Plenty", the United States of America.

They often became well-known as intellectuals in their new homeland, and during the Civil War (1861-1865) that broke out soon afterwards, many of them had leading posts in the armies of the Northern States.

Their contribution to the young state was so significant that the group of German revolutionary refugees became known as the "Fourty-Eighters".

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