7:00 pm-9:00 pm
Historian Zack Wilske of U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services on the connection between the “Great War” and U.S. immigrants.
During World War I, immigrants made up nearly 20 percent of the American armed forces. To encourage immigrant enlistments and naturalize immigrant servicemen before they shipped out, Congress passed laws to expedite military naturalizations. The Bureau of Naturalization launched a massive soldier naturalization program aimed at making as many immigrant soldiers into citizens as possible. Eventually, over 300,000 soldiers and veterans became citizens under WWI soldier naturalization laws. Using examples from the Arlington area, our speaker will discuss these efforts and offer research tips for attendees on researching WWI era naturalizations in their own families.
Presented by the Arlington Historical Society in conjunction with the Arlington County World War I Commemoration Task Force.