This lecture is part of the workshop "American Home Front(s) after 1945“ and open to all.

Free admission.

Melting? Forging? Weaving? - Discourses on Immigration and Americanization on the U.S. Homefront 1914-1918

Lecture / Free admission


Immigration is one of the most politizised topics in U.S. public discourse. The lecture will take a historical look at this phenomenon and focus on the period immediately before the first quota systems were introduced that govern U.S.-immigration politics to this day.


Between 1917 and 1924, before the background of war, hyper-patriotism, and the so-called First Red Scare, the United States public debated what it meant to be a nation of immigrants, what it meant to be an American, and, most importantly, how these two questions were connected.

PD Dr. Charlotte Lerg is Assistant Professor of American Cultural History at the Amerika-Institut of Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität Munich.

Organizers: Bavarian American Academy in cooperation Friedrich-Alexander-Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg (FAU), Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität Munich (LMU) and the University of Regensburg

(Photo: Charlotte Lerg ©Charlotte Lerg)

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