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Anti-German Hysteria

 
 
Anti-German Hysteria Marker, side one image. Click for full size.
By J. J. Prats, June 1, 2019
1. Anti-German Hysteria Marker, side one
Inscription.  The United States’ declaration of war on Germany in April 1917 resulted in a tragic display of hysteria directed against everything and anything German. In Cincinnati, German teachers were dismissed from public schools, German professors were censored, German collections and publications were removed from circulation at the Public Library, businesses with German names had their names “Americanized" and, by police order, only English language public meetings could be held.

As a result of the anti-German hysteria during World War I, name changing became the rage. The Cincinnati City Council followed the trend by changing German street names on April 9, 1918. Among those changed were: German Street to English Street, Bismarck Street to Montreal Street, Berlin Street to Woodrow Street, Bremen Street to Republic Street, Brunswick Street to Edgecliff Point, Frankfort Street to Connecticut Avenue, Hamburg Street to Stonewall Street, Hanover Street to Yukon Street, Hapsburg Street to Merrimac Street, Schumann Street to Meredith Street, Vienna Street to Panama Street, and Humboldt Street to Taft Road.
 
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Anti-German Hysteria Marker, side two image. Click for full size.
By J. J. Prats, June 1, 2019
2. Anti-German Hysteria Marker, side two
2006 by the German-American Studies Program, University of Cincinnati; and The Ohio Historical Society. (Marker Number 11-31.)
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Ohio Historical Society / The Ohio History Connection marker series.
 
Location. 39° 6.93′ N, 84° 31.154′ W. Marker is in Cincinnati, Ohio, in Hamilton County. Marker is on the Findlay Market periphery (West Elder Street) near the North Parking Lot passageway (Pleasant Street). Neither Elder nor Pleasant Streets are signed here. It is across from the north entrance to Findlay Market, halfway between Race and Elm Streets. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 118 W Elder St, Cincinnati OH 45202, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Cincinnati Public Markets / The Northern Liberties (within shouting distance of this marker); Findlay Market / General James Findlay (within shouting distance of this marker); Cincinnati Breweries / Remaining Brewery Structures (approx. 0.3 miles away); The Kroger Co. / Over-The-Rhine (approx. 0.3 miles away); The Miami and Erie Canal (approx. 0.4 miles away); Camp Joy (approx. half a mile away); Laurel-Lincoln World War II Memorial (approx. 0.6 miles away); The Betts House, 1804 (approx. 0.6 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Cincinnati.
 
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Anti-German Hysteria Marker image. Click for full size.
By J. J. Prats, June 1, 2019
3. Anti-German Hysteria Marker
The farmer’s market pavilion and north parking lot is in the distance.
 Anti-German hysteria in city during WWI. 2017 article by Jeff Suess in The Cincinnati Enquirer “The public library moved their 10,000 German books to the subbasement. ‘This library has been used to further a reptilian and insidious propaganda by enemies of the United States,’ said board trustee James Albert Green. ‘German literature published during the last 40 years is tainted with the ideas and ideals which American boys now are giving their lives to combat.’” (Submitted on June 7, 2019.) 
 
Categories. War, World I
 
Anti-German Hysteria Marker image. Click for full size.
By J. J. Prats, June 1, 2019
4. Anti-German Hysteria Marker
North entrance to Findlay Market market house. The Findlay Market bell is in the little bell tower above. It is run at the start of each market day.
Cincinnati Post Photos image. Click for full size.
By The Cincinnati Post, March 4, 1918
5. Cincinnati Post Photos
This is Pershing Avenue in Covington Ky, across the river from Cincinnati.
 

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Credits. This page was last revised on June 7, 2019. This page originally submitted on June 6, 2019, by J. J. Prats of Powell, Ohio. This page has been viewed 52 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on June 6, 2019, by J. J. Prats of Powell, Ohio.   5. submitted on June 7, 2019, by J. J. Prats of Powell, Ohio.
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