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  •  "We" weren't far from it... (7+ / 0-)
    Maybe we should have deported him or put him in Internment Camps?
         Many immigrants lived in homogeneous communities where their native language was still widely spoken, and had local newspapers in that language, (not unlike many Hispanic, Hmong, and Somali communities now.) When we got into "The Great War," anyone speaking German became "suspect." That spread to other immigrant communities as well.
          The little Iowa town where my father was born in 1918 was named after an English city (Hull) but had been absorbed into a wave of Dutch immigration, and was probably 95% Dutch. You could go all week without speaking English, from church to the store, and even to the Post Office. There was a wave of pro-American "patriotism" during the War which discouraged the general speaking of Dutch within the community. It even lead to a separation within the church. The Dutch Reformed Church used the Dutch language for worship, and many of the ministers were still trained in the Netherlands. The main church was called the First Reformed Church. A new congregation broke off from them called the American Reformed Church, using English for worship.

    -7.25, -6.26

    We are men of action; lies do not become us.

    by ER Doc on Sat May 11, 2013 at 02:09:56 PM PDT

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