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Thursday, May 08, 2014
Contact: Kevin Flannery, (573) 526-0949
Kander Announces Program about Missouri's German-American Community during World War I
Jefferson City, Mo. — Secretary of State Jason Kander today announced a program exploring issues within Missouri’s German-American community during World War I. The program will be held at the Missouri State Archives, a division of his office, on Thursday, May 15, 2014, at 7 p.m. Author Petra DeWitt will discuss her new book, Degrees of Allegiance: Harassment and Loyalty in Missouri's German-American Community during World War I.
Historians have long argued that World War I nearly eradicated German culture from American soil. In her award-winning book, DeWitt examines the experiences of German-Americans living in Missouri during this period, paying close attention to their personal relationships and the way they were affected by the national war effort. German-Americans in Missouri generally did not have the same experiences as other German-Americans across the country. However, they were still subject to regular charges of disloyalty, sometimes because of conflicts within the German-American community itself.
DeWitt updates traditional thinking about the German-American experience during the Great War, taking into account not just the war years, but also the history of German settlement and the conflict’s impact on German-American culture.
The Missouri State Archives is the official repository for state documents of permanent historic value, and is located at 600 West Main Street in Jefferson City. All programs at the Archives are free of charge and open to the public, with seating available on a first-come, first-served basis.
For more information on this and other programming at the Archives, contact Emily Luker, (573) 526-5296 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Visit www.sos.mo.gov to learn more about the Office of the Missouri Secretary of State.
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