Burning Beethoven The eradication of German culture in the United States during World War I

Erik Kirschbaum

Book - 2015

"Burning Beethoven explores how a flourishing culture in America was wiped out by an eruption of anti-German hysteria during World War I, when jingoistic Americans eradicated German from schools, churches, libraries, and newspapers. Germans made up the biggest, proudest, annd most successful ethnic group but became targets of hate, and sometimes victims of tarring and feathering - - even vigilante hangings. Zealous Americans slaughtered dachshunds and renamed sauerkraut "liberty cabb...age" - - the "freedom fries" of that era. This book sheds light on a dark chapter of American history." --Back cover.

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New York, NY : Berlinica 2015.
Physical Description
168 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm
Includes bibliographical references (pages 162-168).
Main Author
Erik Kirschbaum (author)
Other Authors
Herbert W. Stupp (writer of afterword)
Review by Publisher Summary 1

This illuminating exposé on a dark chapter of American history tells how the flourishing German culture in the United States was wiped out by a fury of anti-German hysteria during World War I. American patriots eradicated the German language from schools, churches, and newspapers. Germans, once America&;s biggest, proudest, and most successful ethnic group were targets of hate, persecution, and even lynchings and vigilante hangings. German cooks were burned, newspapers were closed, and sauerkraut was renamed &;liberty cabbage&; &;the &;freedom fries&; of modern times.