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Culture at Twilight: The National German-American Alliance, by Charles Thomas Johnson

By Charles Thomas Johnson

From its founding in 1901 to its loss of life in 1918, the nationwide German-American Alliance sought to maintain and advertise points of German tradition in the USA. because the association grew in dimension and scope, it more and more discovered itself drawn into a number of the extra debatable political, social, and diplomatic problems with the days. This research is the 1st to chronicle the seventeen-year historical past of the association. It additionally examines how the Alliance's efforts function an instance of the numerous difficulties confronted through an ethnic association looking to defend its cultural identification within the risky surroundings that may be American democracy.

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Defenders of Culture, 1899– 1905 25  MacArthur’s comments reflect troubling developments in GermanAmerican relations. The Venezuelan Crisis of 1902 threatened peaceful relations when the United States viewed German military action against Venezuela as a violation of the Monroe Doctrine. MacArthur’s comments regarding the Pan-German League echoed a growing fear in western nations that the goal of German militarism was the expansion of German culture around the world.

Other elected officers of note over the years were Marion Dexter Learned (Pennsylvania), Vice-President from 1902– 1906; Joseph Keller (Indiana), Vice-President from 1906– 1918; John Tjarks (Maryland), Second Vice-President, 1908– 1918; Hans Weniger (Pennsylvania), Treasurer, 1902– 1913; and Max Heinrici (Pennsylvania) who served as editor of the organization’s monthly bulletin Mitteilungen from 1909– 1918. 13 “ Rechte Der Deutschen,” The New Yorker Staats Zeitung, 7 October 1901, p. 2. 32 Defenders of Culture, 1899– 1905  14 Deutsch-Amerikanischen National-Bundes, Grundsätze und Verfassung des Deutsch-Amerikanische National Bundes (Philadelphia: DANB, 1905), 1.

15 La Vern J. Rippley, The German-Americans (New York: University Press of America, 1984), 114. 16 Heinrici, Das Buch der Deutschen in Amerika, 782. , 2nd. , 23 February to 13 April 1918, 70. D. , University of Notre Dame, 1960), 337. 19 Grundsätze und Verfassung, 2. 20 “ The German-American Historical Society,” Americana Germanica, vol. 4, no. 2 (1902), 206. 21 This is in reference to the Immigration Laws of 1891 and 1893. See John Higham, Strangers in the Land: Patterns of American Nativism, 1860– 1925 (New Brunswick, NJ: Rutgers University Press, 1992 {c.

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