From Germans to Americans: Ethnicity, Class, and the Experience of Battle in the Civil War
Torrent Brewing Company, 504 Burnett Ave.
Knowledge on Tap program by Dr. Lawrence McDonnell, ISU Department of History
Recent Civil War scholarship has argued that military service -- and especially the experience of battle -- acted as a "melting pot" for immigrant soldiers, transforming Irishmen and Germans into Americans. But historians have missed the central role of the Civil War in creating an American working class. At Knowledge on Tap, Dr. McDonnell considers how military service and the experience of battle made Germans into Americans but also made them into a politically radicalized working class.
Partners: Ames Public Library, Ames Historical Society, Iowa State University Department of History, Ames Public Library Friends Foundation, Story County Genealogical Society, University of Iowa, Humanities Iowa, Obermann Center for Advanced Studies, University of Iowa International Programs, Consulate General of the Federal Republic of Germany Chicago.