Before there were freedom fries

by wechslerh66

War ordinarily engenders hatred for the enemy. This was particularly true in the America of 1917-1918, when public authorities sought to inoculate against unpatriotic backsliding the millions of citizens who had emigrated from nations fighting on the enemy side. From printing press, pulpit, and President Wilson’s war propaganda creation, George Creel’s Committee on Public Information, propaganda flowed charging that the German nation was synonymous with evil, that the Kaiser was the devil incarnate, and that the German people were less than human. Small wonder, then, that in a flurry of patriotism Americans renamed sauerkraut “liberty cabbage” and dachshunds “liberty hounds.”
–from Melvyn Dubofsky, We Shall Be All: A History of the Industrial Workers of the World (1969)

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