The German-American Experience in Missouri during World War I
2:30 p.m. to 3 p.m.
About This Event
For generations, German immigrants were welcomed in Missouri, prospered as farmers and businessmen, and adjusted to the American way of life while keeping their culture. Few Missourians noticed German-language newspapers or worried when hearing German spoken in the streets. Everything changed when WWI broke out, and German was the tongue of the enemy. Dr. Petra DeWitt, assistant professor of history at Missouri S&T, will explore how government rhetoric and insistent Americanism fed an "us versus them" mindset and forced German-American families to give up their culture or practice it in secret. This event is part of a series on World War I sponsored by the Library.