Americans All!: Foreign-born Soldiers in World War I - download pdf or read online

By Dr. Nancy Gentile Ford

ISBN-10: 158544118X

ISBN-13: 9781585441181

ISBN-10: 1603441328

ISBN-13: 9781603441322

During the 1st global warfare, approximately part one million immigrant draftees from forty-six assorted international locations served within the U.S. military. This surge of previous international infantrymen challenged the yank military's cultural, linguistic, and spiritual traditions and required army leaders to reassess their education equipment for the foreign-born troops. How did the U.S. struggle division combine this different workforce right into a united struggling with force?

The warfare 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 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 careworn the army to acknowledge and meet the $64000 cultural and spiritual wishes of the ethnic squaddies. those neighborhood leaders negotiated the Americanization approach by way of selling patriotism and loyalty to the USA whereas preserving key ethnic cultural traditions.

Offering a thrilling examine an unexplored region of army historical past, Americans All! Foreign-born infantrymen in international struggle I constitutes a piece of exact curiosity to students within the fields of army heritage, sociology, and ethnic reports. Ford's

research illuminates what it intended for the U.S. army to reexamine early twentieth-century nativism; rather than forcing squaddies right into a melting pot, warfare division rules created an environment that made either American and ethnic delight acceptable.

During 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 was once unsuitable on one count number. The immigrant infantrymen weren't "semi-Americans"; they have been "Americans all!"

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