Download e-book for iPad: Americans All!: Foreign-born Soldiers in World War I by Dr. Nancy Gentile Ford

By Dr. Nancy Gentile Ford

ISBN-10: 158544118X

ISBN-13: 9781585441181

ISBN-10: 1603441328

ISBN-13: 9781603441322

During the 1st global warfare, approximately part 1000000 immigrant draftees from forty-six diverse international locations served within the U.S. military. This surge of previous international infantrymen challenged the yankee military's cultural, linguistic, and non secular traditions and required army leaders to think again their education equipment for the foreign-born troops. How did the U.S. battle division combine this varied staff right into a united battling force?

The struggle division drew at the studies of innovative social welfare reformers, who labored with immigrants in city payment homes, and so they listened to business potency specialists, who hooked up strive against functionality to morale and group of workers administration. probably most importantly, the army enlisted the aid of ethnic neighborhood leaders, who assisted in education, socializing, and Americanizing immigrant troops and who careworn the army to acknowledge and meet the real cultural and non secular wishes of the ethnic squaddies. those neighborhood leaders negotiated the Americanization method via selling patriotism and loyalty to the us whereas keeping key ethnic cultural traditions.

Offering a thrilling examine an unexplored quarter of army heritage, Americans All! Foreign-born infantrymen in global battle I constitutes a piece of targeted curiosity to students within the fields of army background, sociology, and ethnic experiences. Ford's

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

During the battle, a German officer commented at the ethnic range of the yankee 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 used to be mistaken on one count number. The immigrant squaddies weren't "semi-Americans"; they have been "Americans all!"

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