“Aliens” on the Eve of World War I

Lecture Description

The threat of war crystalized many Americans’ fears about the identity patriotism of the multiple newcomers who had made the U.S. their home in the immediate pre-war years.

The Minnesota Public Safety Commission created a body of primary documents that help contextualize for us today many of the compelling issues that the war brought to the surface. It required that every “alien” be registered and provide extensive information about family, background, arrival, occupation, land ownership, reasons for not becoming a citizen. Copies of telling examples from this data set will be distributed to the audience and from these we will construct some stories of the nature of immigrant life


Immigration World War I

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