In Rutherfurd's New York, the fictional German immigrant family of Keller enter America in the first half of the nineteenth century, and live by the Bowery on the Lower East Side in what was then known as Little Germany, or Kleindeutschland. The number of German immigrants was huge, and their descendants at one time probably constituted the largest national group in the USA. Most moved westwards as farmers, but many remained in New York City. The Kellers' neighbourhood also contained many Irish families, and Gretchen Keller soon becomes the close friend of the fictional Mary O'Donnell.




Did You Know?
The first leap year in the modern sense was in 1752 in Britain, with the adoption of the Gregorian calendar by Britain and her colonies. This was not the first time leap years had been used; the Julian calendar used before 1752 had a simpler system of leap years, and The Islamic calendar Al-Hijra also has an extra day added to the 12th month Zul Hijja on leap years.

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