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By Nancy Gentile Ford

ISBN-10: 158544118X

ISBN-13: 9781585441181

ISBN-10: 1585449091

ISBN-13: 9781585449095

During the 1st international struggle, approximately part one million immigrant draftees from forty-six various international locations served within the U.S. military. This surge of previous international squaddies challenged the yank military's cultural, linguistic, and spiritual traditions and required army leaders to think again their education tools for the foreign-born troops. How did the U.S. battle division combine this different team right into a united combating strength? The struggle division drew at the reports of innovative social welfare reformers, who labored with immigrants in city payment homes, and so they listened to commercial potency specialists, who hooked up strive against functionality to morale and team of workers administration. might be most importantly, the army enlisted assistance from ethnic neighborhood leaders, who assisted in education, socializing, and Americanizing immigrant troops and who harassed the army to acknowledge and meet the $64000 cultural and non secular wishes of the ethnic squaddies. those group leaders negotiated the Americanization strategy by way of selling patriotism and loyalty to the USA whereas conserving key ethnic cultural traditions. supplying an exhilarating examine an unexplored zone of army historical past, american citizens All! Foreign-born squaddies in international conflict I constitutes a piece of specified curiosity to students within the fields of army background, sociology, and ethnic experiences. Ford's learn illuminates what it intended for the U.S. army to reexamine early twentieth-century nativism; rather than forcing infantrymen right into a melting pot, conflict division regulations created an environment that made either American and ethnic delight applicable. through the struggle, a German officer commented at the ethnic range of the yank military and famous, with a few amazement, that those ''semi-Americans'' thought of themselves to be ''true-born sons in their followed country.'' The officer used to be incorrect on one count number. The immigrant infantrymen weren't ''semi-Americans''; they have been ''Americans all!''

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Then he understands that the Constitution of the United States gives all citizens of the country equal rights, and that this country affords every inhabitant equal opportunity. ”64 But concern over the homeland issue continued. ” American Jewish newspapers express dual loyalty—that is, pride in fighting for both America and the 38 AMERICANS ALL! Jewish cause. The subtitle of one Chicago newspaper, the Sunday Jewish Courier, read: “Help America to Victory! ” The article went on: “If America wins, every Jew throughout the world wins—he will have won a new status in life, the respect and esteem which he deserves as the son of an ancient people with great classical traditions.

The nation’s immigrants were particularly targeted. Many scholars have examined the oppressive nature of the American home front during World War I, noting the superpatriotic atmosphere that led to mass hysteria. Their “In the Family of One Nation” 17 works tell of immigrants falling victims to harsh Americanization efforts designed to strip them of their native culture and loyalties. Some argue that ethnic displays of loyalty were forced upon immigrants with stinging assimilation policies by reigning nativists.

S. House and Senate (including , telegrams). 5 Editorials in the German American press argued that British violations of international laws had pushed Germany into adopting aggressive responses such as submarine warfare. After concluding that the British government dominated American war news through an active propaganda “In the Family of One Nation” 19 campaign, the German American press responded in an attempt to balance the war coverage by providing news from Germany and reprinting official statements from German leaders.

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