Good Americans

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

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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.show more

Product details

  • Paperback | 282 pages
  • 157.5 x 234.2 x 19.8mm | 412.78g
  • Oxford University Press Inc
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • New.
  • 7 halftones and 2 tables
  • 0195154886
  • 9780195154887
  • 2,021,851

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Sterba's new and unique contribution to the historiography of ethnic America is to chart the impact of the First World War on sourthern and eastern Europeans. * Journal of American Studies * ... carefully organized and clearly written ... astute analysis. * The Journal of American History *show more

About Christopher M. Sterba

Christopher M. Sterba received his Ph.D. in American history from Brandeis University and lives in the San Francisco Bay area.show more

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