The Psychological Assault on German American Consciousness in Chicago during World War One Part I

Part I: Without going into the causes of the conflict that raged on the European mainland from 1914 to 1918, by early 1917 it was apparent to Chicago’s German Americans that entry into the war was imminent, if not preordained by the pro British Wilson government. Naturally enough, they were largely against American involvement, for the majority of Chicago’s sizeable German community was only one to two generations removed from their old “fatherland.