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3.06 War at Home: Honors Assignment
Transcript of 3.06 War at Home: Honors Assignment
During WWI, German Americans were treated very unfairly. Even though they had moved to America, they were still judged based on their background. Posters showed soldiers from their homeland as monsters and beasts. The derogatory word, Huns, also became a popular word for the German immigrants. Since the German Americans wanted the United States to stay neutral during the war, their lack of support went against the large rise of patriotism throughout the country. This resulted in discrimination towards the Germans. Orchestras refused to play works by German composers, and German measles became "Liberty Measles." There were also more serious actions taken against German Americans. Business owners had their stores vandalized, and people were often attacked for their political beliefs or business ethics. Though this was wrong, the US government often overlooked these wrongdoings just to gain public support for the war.
After 9/11, there was a massive increase in discrimination towards Islam and Arab Americans. The number of hate crimes towards them was outrageous, and some were even victims of raids of suspicious terrorist activity. It was so bad, some couldn't even walk down the street without being physically attacked. It still goes on today, as some Islam and Arab Americans are so quickly stereotyped. They're still "randomly" selected at airports and other high security areas, and the people of Eastern, Middle, or South Asia all still have the label of "terrorist" on them as a whole.
Both German Americans and Islam and Arab Americans experienced harsh, similar treatment during WWI and 9/11. Both were automatically classified with the bad people and things of their land, and weren't given chances as individual people. I feel that the treatment of the German Americans was slightly worse, just because it happened at an earlier time, and there wasn't as many laws and protection towards immigrants. Though I do believe that Islam and Arab Americans were treated extremely unfairly with unnecessary precautions as well, especially since the government was much more developed and morally right than it was earlier.
In conclusion, both German Americans and Islam and Arab Americans were treated in similar, harsh ways. The people of the United States discriminated against people just because of where they came from. The immigrants were seen as a whole, and not individual people with different beliefs and morals. It is truly a sad and flat out wrong thing to do, and as Eric Kaemmerer stated, "With all the hate crimes, it seems that regular Americans inspire terror just as well ("Arab Americans")."
Are there any similarities between the treatment of German Americans during WWI and the treatment of Islamic Americans and Arab Americans after 9/11?
Both WWI and 9/11 had large impacts on the United States as a whole, but in both cases certain people, that were not Americans, were affected in different ways than others. Both events were devastating to the US, but what about for everyone else? What about the immigrants that tried to create new lives in the US, and were judged and discriminated against, just because of where they came from?
Kaemmerer, Eric. "Arab Americans and Muslims Suffered after 9/11, too". 2012. Web.