For decades, they denied their German roots, claiming to be of Scandinavian origin.
Waitlists, bombings and restrictive U.S. immigration policies thwarted their chances.
The American experiment has had both high and low moments in ensuring freedom for its citizens. Take a look at eight times the nation made strides toward ensuring life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.
No passports or visas were needed to enter the United States through Ellis Island at this time. In fact, no papers were required at all.
A committee created by Woodrow Wilson to promote U.S. involvement in World War I changed public opinion, but also led to vigilante violence.
Woodrow Wilson thought German Americans couldn't assimilate.
Approximately 700 miles of barbed wire, chain link, post-and-rail and wire mesh fencing has been erected along the border.
Chinese immigrants, escaped slaves, and Native Americans were all people U.S. forces tried to keep on one side or the other.
Between 1850 and 1930, the census created new categories that reinforced a white supremacist obsession with ‘racial purity.’
As many as 1.3 million people may have been swept up in the Eisenhower-era campaign.