Translating America: An Ethnic Press and Popular Culture, by Peter Conolly-Smith PDF

By Peter Conolly-Smith

on the flip of the century, manhattan City's Germans constituted a culturally and politically dynamic neighborhood, with a inhabitants 600,000 robust. but fifty years later, lines of its tradition had all yet disappeared. What occurred? the normal interpretation has been that, within the face of persecution and repression in the course of global conflict I, German immigrants speedy gave up their very own tradition and assimilated into American mainstream life.

But in Translating America, Peter Conolly-Smith bargains a considerably diverse research. He argues that German immigrants grew to become German-Americans now not out of worry, yet as a substitute via their participation within the rising different types of popular culture. Drawing from German and English newspapers, editorials, comedian strips, silent videos, and renowned performs, he finds that German tradition didn't disappear in a single day, yet as a substitute merged with new kinds of American pop culture prior to the outbreak of the conflict. Vaudeville theaters, D.W. Griffith video clips, John Philip Sousa tunes, or even baseball video games all contributed to German immigrants' prepared transformation into Americans.

Translating America tackles one of many thorniest questions in American heritage: How do immigrants assimilate into, and rework, American culture?

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