Upcoming Speaker Series Presentations
The Thursday Evening Speaker Series is free of charge and open to the public. Seating is available on a first-come, first-served basis. Unless otherwise noted, programs will be held at the Missouri State Archives, located at 600 W. Main Street in Jefferson City. The series is underwritten by the Friends of the Missouri State Archives.
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Degrees of Allegiance: Harassment and Loyalty in Missouri's German-American Community during World War I
May 15, 2014, 7:00 p.m.
Historians have long argued that World War I nearly eradicated German culture from American soil. In her book, Degrees of Allegiance, author Petra 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 bleak 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.