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Opposition and its Consequences:
Prejudice Against German Americans
Why were some Americans prejudice
towards German Americans?
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Some German Americans were
treated harshly during the war.
Americans regarded Germany – with
its arrogant Kaiser, ruthless generals,
and spike-helmeted solders – as the
primary foe among Central Powers.
Popular movies, such as The Kaiser,
the Beast of Berlin, as well as some
CPI posters and speeches intensified
the feeling of portraying Germany as
a cruel enemy.
Anything with a German
meaning, like food, was renamed or
discontinued. Some German
Americans were harassed, others
were beaten, and a few were killed for
no other reason than they were born
in Germany or spoke with a German