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Various news reports from towns in East Frisia, which reveal the ongoing interest of German East Frisian immigrants in events in their ancestral home.

Short news items in German from regions outside both the German Empire and the US, as published regularly in the German-language insert of the English-language Journal from Gutenberg, Iowa

Story of the first Germans to live in McHenry County. They came by ship from Germany, and migrated to the Midwest, because the farm land was promising.
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Writer tells Mr. Metcalf that he was wrong for going to the press about a girl marrying a soldier. The writer is defending the girl, saying she has done nothing wrong
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This correspondence is connected with the previous letter. This shows how much of the United States was involved in removing German aliens, even the Food Administration. Every department of the federal government was paranoid and was involved in…
Secretary Iowa CoD to President Lake Park Home Defense_Metcalf.JPG

Here is a straight forward example of the fear of German aliens and spies. Metcalf is responding to someone who is upset about a Pro-German having a successful bakery and has made claims about this person being a traitor.
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Mr. Shortess does not exactly specify what he is trying to do, but you can tell he knows about someone of German heritage in the town. Many people in that time period expressed their patriotism by trying to
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Pastor, naturalized in 1898, asks for permission to preach more German, now that war has ended.
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A long, thoughtful letter on Germans, immigration, and language in the context of religiosity.
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