Drawing on the resources of the Max Kade Institute Library & Archives, this exhibit showcases German-language documents published in the United States during the World War I Era. It offers a glimpse into German-Americans’ view of the world, as well as their position in American society. The exhibit was created in conjunction with an international conference titled “Outside the Kaisserreich: The German Diaspora in the World War I Era,” held at the Max Kade Institute in October 2015.
The following are eight posters that accompany the exhibit. They interpret German-American materials from four distinct periods in the World War I Era: 1) the years preceeding the beginning of the war in Europe; 2) the early war years before the entry of the United States; 3) the war years after the entry of the United States; and 4) the years immediately following the end of armed conflict.
American Music from the WWI Era
Hancock, Hank, Peter Klem, Harry Carroll, and Ballard MacDonald. The War in Snider’s Grocery Store. New York: Shapiro, Bernstein, & Co. Music Publishers, 1914.
Listen at the National Jukebox (Historical Recordings from the Library of Congress): https://www.loc.gov/item/jukebox.6496
Donahue, John J. Don’t Blame the Germans. Lawrence, Mass: J.J. Donahue, 1915.
Berlin, Irving, Edgar Leslie, George W. Meyer, and Everett J. Evans. Let’s All Be Americans Now. New York: Waterson, Berlin & Snyder, 1917.
Listen on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sfnceRqmaeY