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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.