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

Paperback | March 20, 2003

byChristopher M. Sterba

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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, insularcommunities, 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 soldiersfought 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 andsecond 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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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, insularcommunities, both groups faced a barrage of dema...

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

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:288 pages, 6.1 × 9.02 × 0.98 inPublished:March 20, 2003Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0195154886

ISBN - 13:9780195154887

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"Good Americans provides rich detail on the role of the state and federal government, especially the military, in the lives of ordinary immigrants."-- American Jewish History