Iowan German-American Challenges During WWI
Bob Neymeyer, Historian at the Grout Museum District, will speak on the challenges that German–Americans in Iowa were confronted with during World War I. The demand for “100% Americanism” was administered by both public and private groups who distrusted the loyalty of these hyphenated Americans. The tactics ranged from intimidation and vandalism to a state law stating English was the only legal language to be used in public. The result was a series of accommodations, some temporary and others permanent, that changed the culture of German-Americans in the state.