Good Americans: Italian and Jewish Immigrants During the First World War

Good Americans: Italian and Jewish Immigrants During the First World War

by Christopher M. Sterba
     
 

ISBN-10: 0195154886

ISBN-13: 9780195154887

Pub. Date: 03/28/2003

Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA

Among the Americans who joined the ranks of the Doughboys fighting World War I were thousands of America's newest residents. Good Americans examines the contributions of Italian and Jewish immigrants, both on the homefront and overseas, in the Great War. While residing in strong, insular communities, both groups faced a barrage of demands to participate in a

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Among the Americans who joined the ranks of the Doughboys fighting World War I were thousands of America's newest residents. Good Americans examines the contributions of Italian and Jewish immigrants, both on the homefront and overseas, in the Great War. While residing in strong, insular communities, both groups faced a barrage of demands to participate in a conflict that had been raging in their home countries for nearly three years. Italians and Jews "did their bit" in relief, recruitment, conservation, and war bond campaigns, while immigrants and second-generation ethnic soldiers fought on the Western front. Within a year of the Armistice, they found themselves redefined as foreigners and perceived as a major threat to American life, rather than remembered as participants in its defense. Wartime experiences, Christopher Sterba argues, served to deeply politicize first and second generation immigrants, greatly accelerating their transformation from relatively powerless newcomers to a major political force in the United States during the New Deal and beyond.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780195154887
Publisher:
Oxford University Press, USA
Publication date:
03/28/2003
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
288
Product dimensions:
9.00(w) x 6.10(h) x 1.00(d)

Table of Contents

Introduction: The Melting Pot Goes to War3
1The Heyday of the New Immigrant Enclave9
IYour Country Needs You31
2"Get in Out of the Draft": Raising Volunteers and the Italian Response in New Haven34
3"Not as a Jew but as a Citizen": The Draft and New York Jewry53
IITraining the New Immigrant Soldier83
4Being Italian in the Yankee Division86
5Being Jewish in the National Army105
IIIThe Home Front131
6"More Than Ever, We Feel Proud to Be Italians"133
7"New York Jewry Must Do Its Duty"153
8"They Were Good Americans": Survival and Victory on the Western Front175
Epilogue: A New Voice in Politics202
Notes213
Selected Bibliography251
Index265

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