I stand corrected.
On Sun, Aug 28, 2011 at 8:07 AM, Vera Nagel <vpanews(a)t-online.de> wrote:
I really appreciate all of your great, continuous efforts on this list
and elsewhere. However, I have to admit that I find it to be extremely
dangerous to kind of generalize things like you partly do regarding this
The full title of the book by Joseph Lechner is:
"Baeuerliches Leben und Arbeiten in Rehling und im nord-westlichen
Aichacher Land um die Jahrhundertwende. Ein Beitrag zur Mundart und
Volkskunde an der bairisch-schwaebischen Sprachgrenze"
-> Farm life and Work in Rehling [a place name] and in the north-western
Aichach region around the turn of the century. A study regarding dialect
and folk life studies at the Bavarian-Swabian language border.
In other words: it focuses on an extremely limited German region.
Researched facts it provides and conclusions being drawn from the facts
simply might not be generalized.
It would be right the same as if I would read such an essay written for
Wisconsin or Illinois and apply my findings to Texas.
You say: At least one of each (a Knecht or a Magd) was employed on all
No, simply not so.
You say: Orderly, as German farms were in general, ***there were legal
employment contracts between the farmer and his helpers.***
Theoretically correct -> reality was quite different
You say: Besides that, ***the farmer was obligated to pay health
insurance for his workers,*** which became law in 1882.
Theoretically mostly correct -> reality was extremely different
Vera Nagel, Germany
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