Have done much reading, still trying to figure why great-grandparents would have left Germany in 1884-1886?

Went through Luxembourg, then to Antwerp, to Philadelphia. Land ownership,freedom and women's vote could have been attractions to America.

But with German economy developing, and no war then, what could have made them want to leave?

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    Welcome to FH&G SE! Which of the many possible reasons applied to your ancestors depends on factors like circumstances in their home region, religious affiliation, family inheritance, occupations, etc. If you know any of these, we may be able direct you to additional resources.
    – bgwiehle
    Commented Jul 2, 2019 at 0:47
  • genealogy.stackexchange.com/q/2784/6485 might be relevant although without more information from you I can't know.
    – user6485
    Commented Jul 2, 2019 at 15:15
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    You don't give us any information about your great-grandparents' life in the USA or in Germany, so we have no context we can use to answer the question. I am leaning toward this being too broad to answer in its current form.
    – Jan Murphy
    Commented Jul 2, 2019 at 17:25
  • The question could also be improved by telling us more about what you've already read, so we won't suggest a reading list of things you've already seen.
    – Jan Murphy
    Commented Jul 2, 2019 at 23:45
  • I"ve read (mostly internet reseach) that Germany's economy was booming then, with industrialization gaining momentum. I thought, but cannot find it to know for sure, that perhaps ideology was beginning to form in preparation for the 1st WW. I
    – Ruby
    Commented Jul 3, 2019 at 19:14


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