This early example of American immigrant social fiction was written to detail the plight of German immigrants coming to America, and to explain how they might succeed after settling. It has been attributed to Hermann Bokum.
Never Despair: A Tale of the Emigrants. Founded on Fact. New York, Boston: Scofield & Voorhies; Whipple & Damrell, 1837.
Lehigh University Catalog Record: https://asa.lib.lehigh.edu/Record/11133596