The Hun in the Heartland: Three Missouri German-American Communities During the Great War.
Craig, Sarah M.
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Most literature on German-American families and communities focuses on German- Americans in the Midwest and, in particular, Missouri German-Americans. The preponderance of literature on Missouri German-Americans is no doubt due to the high numbers of German immigrants who settled in the state of Missouri. There were numerous push and pull factors that brought German, Austrian, and Swiss immigrants to America and particularly to Missouri over more than sixty years. This thesis will address why there is such a preponderance of German peoples in Missouri while looking at three German-American communities, Concordia, Cole Camp, and Hermann. By using these communities’ English language newspapers, which demonstrate partial assimilation to the Anglo-American culture, one can get a sense of these communities’ ways of life, world view, and their sense of patriotism prior to, during, and after the First World War.