Americans All!: Foreign-born Soldiers in World War I by Nancy Gentile Ford

By Nancy Gentile Ford

During the 1st global warfare, approximately part 1000000 immigrant draftees from forty-six diversified international locations served within the U.S. military. This surge of outdated global infantrymen challenged the yank military's cultural, linguistic, and non secular traditions and required army leaders to re-evaluate their education tools for the foreign-born troops. How did the U.S. struggle division combine this assorted staff right into a united scuffling with strength? The warfare division drew at the stories of revolutionary social welfare reformers, who labored with immigrants in city cost homes, they usually listened to commercial potency specialists, who attached wrestle functionality to morale and team of workers administration. possibly most importantly, the army enlisted the aid of ethnic group 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 infantrymen. those neighborhood leaders negotiated the Americanization technique by means of selling patriotism and loyalty to the USA whereas conserving key ethnic cultural traditions. providing a thrilling examine an unexplored region of army background, american citizens All! Foreign-born squaddies in international warfare I constitutes a piece of distinctive curiosity to students within the fields of army background, sociology, and ethnic reports. Ford's study illuminates what it intended for the U.S. army to reexamine early twentieth-century nativism; rather than forcing squaddies right into a melting pot, struggle division rules created an environment that made either American and ethnic delight appropriate. in the course of the battle, 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 was once mistaken on one count number. The immigrant squaddies weren't ''semi-Americans''; they have been ''Americans all!''

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A Victory Liberty Loan poster acknowledged the contributions of immigrant soldiers who served in the United States Army. ” it included an “honor roll” of ethnic names: Du Bois, Smith, O’Brien, Cejka, Haucke, Pappandrikopolous, Andrassi, Villoto, Levy, Turovich, Kowalski, Chriczanevic, Knutson, Gonzales. Yet the World War I experience did not simply transform immigrants into white Anglo-Saxon Protestants. ” In the end, United States military policies did not create a melting pot, but they instead provided an atmosphere of dual identity that made both American and ethnic pride acceptable.

It would be inaccurate to portray the entire German American community as unified in their politics, religion, and culture or even in their response to the First World War. Nor can 18 AMERICANS ALL! it be assumed that the opinion of national German American organizations absolutely reflected the belief of all their constituents. S. S. citizens. As early as , the National German-American Alliance numbered over two million members in forty states. Eventually, it would become the most influential of all the German American organizations and the largest of all similar alliances in the United States.

Excitement over the legion grew in other Polish communities throughout the United States. Polish leaders Dr. Teofil A. Starzynski, Ignace Jan Paderewski, C. W. Sypniewski, 36 AMERICANS ALL! Dr. Adam Wolcyrz, J. Sierocinski, W. Sulewski, F. 58 The only thing that remained was to convince the United States government to officially recognize the legion, and Polish American leaders put pressure on Pres. Woodrow Wilson to approve of their army. They were joined in June, , by the French government, which presented a decree calling for the creation of the Polish Army of France.

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