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

By: Christopher 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, 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.

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

Author: Christopher M. Sterba

Illustrator: Reg. Price: $24.95

Categories: World War I, Italy-Italian,

Publisher: Oxford University Press: 2003

ISBN Number: 0195154886

ISBN Number 13: 9780195154887

Binding: paperback

Book Details: 288 pages, 6 x 9 1/4, 7 halftones, paperback, Oxford University Press

Seller ID: 154887

Description: 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.

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

Reviews
"A well-researched and well-argued monograph. For anyone interested in immigration, urban or, World War One history."--H-Net Reviews

"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