American Turners - A Sound Mind in a Sound Body

American Turners History

The history of the American Turners is a subject of ongoing interest. It developed from the time Turners fled their native country because they were on the losing side in the 1848 Revolution in Europe. This had been fought to achieve unity and a republic for Germany. Once here in the United States, they faced the prejudice of such groups as the Know-Nothings, but prevailed and fought for their principles and their new country in the Civil War. Along the way they developed much that is used today in Physical Education, as well as a love for this country and its freedoms.

While German used to be the official language of the American Turners, membership and officer positions have long since been open to all Americans.

The links provide many more details and interesting stories from the rich history of the American Turners.

Our Historian is particularly interested in material such as Turner pamphlets, flyers and photos with notations concerning the photo.

The Turner Historians are also willing to answer your questions regarding the history of the American Turners.

Please note that the IUPUI Special Collections and Archives are also ready and willing to answer questions pertaining to the history of the American Turners.
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