Anti-German Sentiment in Connecticut during WWI

As my research of WWI and the Connecticut home front develops, I have begun to research the anti-German sentiments in throughout Connecticut culture and newspapers. During the first world war, as the American soldiers were fighting overseas, there was still an America back home that was supporting these troops. For people to publish anti-German propaganda in support of the troops was not an obsolete practice, in fact, for communities who felt the forceof the war this was a way for them to be a part of all the action. To expand on the topic of anti-German propaganda the people of the US also looked to get rid of all German books or anything pro-German. In addition to the propaganda used against the Germans, the American politics began to make comments that signaled shift in the public opinion against Germany. All-in-all, even though the American soldiers charged deep into Europe to fight against the Germans, the effects of the war, such as propaganda, were even felt on our home soil.

See the provided links below for more information about this topic.

 

https://connecticuthistory.org/winning-the-great-war-without-some-books/

  • This article discusses the topic of anti-German mentality through literature. Pro-German books during WWI, through scrutiny by the council of defense, are viewed as unpatriotic and are pulled from American shelves immediately.

 

https://www.npr.org/2017/04/07/523044253/during-world-war-i-u-s-government-propaganda-erased-german-culture

  • This article discusses the anti-German propaganda in the US, which was ultimately promoted by the government, and how it affected German-Americans. The article talks about how German-Americans were demonized in the US with the rise of American support for the war.

 

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7 thoughts on “Anti-German Sentiment in Connecticut during WWI

  1. okinne88

    I really enjoyed this post on the propaganda that the U.S proposed during WWI. My question is how did the German U.S citizens react when all this happened? I think that overall this post dives into a topic that has a lot to be learned. Also, the picture is a really great visual about how evil the U.S wanted its people to believe Germans were.

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  2. bensylvester8

    This is a really interesting post on propaganda on the home front, and how the people who had relatives or loved ones in war felt connected to the propaganda. I think this topic is very cool and can be something to really dive into and explore. Where were these posters placed, and what was the strategic value of the places they were put?

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  3. Chase M

    Very interesting post on anti-German sentiment in the U.S. I think it would be great if you found some more ways that people in the U.S. treated Germans. This would improve your post and make it that much better.

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  4. burch2016

    This was a good post and a really interesting topic that we haven’t really looked at. Maybe you could talk more about the german american point of view. A question I have is where were the posters placed?

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  5. sedleyb1617

    This post gave a lot of good background information about the propaganda found in America during WWI. I like that you gave a picture of an example of the type of propaganda found. I think that you can go expand on this topic talking about how the Germans viewed America through propaganda.

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  6. Rory Tettemer

    Fascinating! I love how you tie in Anti-german propaganda into the topic as it shows a strong connection between your blog and Ben Sylvester’s blog. You also use a very good image here that captivates the American’s hate for the Germans during this time. I would recommend connecting to Suffield a little more; perhaps a article in a newspaper about Suffield anti-German sentiments.

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  7. dylanchase62400

    This post is incredible. It is delivered with great detail, without a lengthy page of text. One minor adjustment may be adding a perspective from the Germans. Were there certain people not only in Ct, but throughout the country that these propaganda posters stemmed from? Or was it more of a scattered, and widespread process?

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