Anti-German Sentiment in the Midwest During World War I
This thesis investigates the effects of anti-German sentiment in the Midwest during and after World War I on German Americans, researching to what degree anti-German sentiment hastened the assimilation of German Americans into American society and put an end to many German language and cultural institutions, and to what degree the German culture and language prevailed. I used the theory of assimilation to conduct research. I found the answers to my research question by looking at the history of German immigrant groups coming to and living in the Midwest and how well they were assimilated before World War I, the propaganda and policies that encouraged the rise of anti-German sentiment, and the consequences this had for German Americans in both negative and positive ways. The findings from the research show that the impact of anti-German sentiment on the German culture and language in the US has been quite severe, eradicating much of the German ethnic heritage from American society. There are parts of the German language and culture that remained, but they play an entirely different role in American society now than they did before World War I.
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