In 1834, three German immigrants, Friedrich Muench, Paul Follenius and Frederick Steines, settled in eastern Missouri. In Germany, Muench and Follenius had been political activists and revolutionaries while Frederick Steines, was a disaffected educator. Known as "Followers of Duden," they came to America seeking opportunity, freedom and relief from an oppressive government. They became intellectual leaders in their respective communities of Dutzow and Oakfield. This book tells their stories, much of it in their own words, as well as provides insights into living conditions during the early 19th century.