One People, One Language, One Nation: “The Munsingwear Family” in the Anglo-Americanization Process
In this chapter, Olsson returns to the political level of analysis that was the starting point of the study. There is a focus on the company management’s efforts to get “the Munsingwear Family” involved in the Americanization of immigrants. The idea of making all employees, most of all the women, into “Munsingites” was enlarged to make them into loyal and English-speaking “true Americans.” The company management organized evening classes in English and Citizenship in partnership with the University of Minnesota, and they encouraged non-American employees to participate in these classes and officially rewarded those who passed them. Likewise the company management encouraged the employees, especially immigrants, to buy liberty bonds and war savings stamps to acknowledge their support of the war efforts.