Faithful to the Fatherland or Doughboys auf Deutsch? The German-American Experience during World War I

Theodore Roosevelt’s fulminations against the hyphen are refuted by doughboys writing home from France auf Deutsch, and when they paid the ultimate sacrifice, sometimes commemorated on tombstones in the German language.

Lecture Description

This lecture examines the experiences of German Americans during the Great War. Those who view the World War I era only through the lens of victimization will be surprised to find German Americans on both sides of some violent confrontations. Theodore Roosevelt’s fulminations against the hyphen are refuted by doughboys writing home from France auf Deutsch, and when they paid the ultimate sacrifice, sometimes commemorated on tombstones in the German language. And on a lighter note, attendees will learn just who was responsible for the absurdity of “liberty cabbage.”

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Ethnicity World War I

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Walter D. Kamphoefner

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