BEFORE, during, and after World War II, German Americans were the most populous immigrant group in the United States.
Also changed by the outbreak of World War II were the attitudes of at least some American government officials toward German Americans, in spite of the fact that the vast majority of German Americans were patriots and many high-ranking military officers were of German heritage, including Dwight Eisenhower, Chester Nimitz, Henry Arnold, and Carl Spaatz.
The FBI and Justice Department maintained lists of "potentially dangerous" German Americans, based largely on unsubstantiated accusations by neighbors, friends, and other persons in the community, unidentified to the arrestee.
GERMAN Americans transformed themselves into German AMERICANS.
For over a century, German Americans have remained the largest ethnic group in Michigan.
Yet, when the United States Army landed on Normandy's beaches, its commander and fully one-third of the soldiers were German Americans.
Jews, Mormons, Catholics, Chinese Americans, German Americans
, communists, socialists, and labor radicals.
Students of immigration and ethnicity, and particularly of German Americans
, will question her view that trade unions proved most central in the building of community within the ethnic enclave, and will find fault with her brief discussion of religion.
World War I not only intensified fears that the "melting pot" was failing, but also broadened this concern to include German Americans as a suspect ethnic group.
Although historians have addressed the wartime experiences of German Americans in the Midwest and Northeastern states, none has dealt substantively with Germans in Texas.
Nazis believed those German Americans
could be awakened to their cause.