Essay on German Americans During Wwi And Wwii

1658 Words Jan 11th, 2016 7 Pages
Lemony Snicket, an author, once said, “A new experience can be extremely pleasurable, or extremely irritating, or somewhere in between, and you never know until you try it out” (“A Quote from The Blank Book." Goodreads). German Americans also faced experiences that were both pleasurable and irritating during the span of the early to mid-1900s. Their culture suffered and they faced discrimination during WWI, but they quickly regained their respect from society in WWII. Also, the German Americans faced economic downturn during the Great Depression, but found political prosperity in support of the New Deal and the Democratic Party. However, the German Americans faced less prejudice from the US society after WWII rather than before WWI. Although the experiences of German Americans from WWI to WWII included a mix of results, from suffering prejudice in WWI, extradition in WWII and political carelessness in the GD to benefiting from economic security in the GD, political success in the 1920s and a restored deference from society in WWII, German Americans were better off after WWII because their culture and respect was reinstated in their society and they did not face discrimination during and after WWII.
During the early 20th century, the outbreak of World War 1 engendered a racial prejudice against German Americans, however it did create the opportunity for many German Americans to express their loyalty to the US by “Americanizing” themselves. Before the war, German Americans…

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