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ERIC Number: ED541019
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1918
Pages: 60
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: N/A
Americanization as a War Measure: Report of a Conference Called by the Secretary of the Interior, and Held in Washington, April 3, 1918. Bulletin, 1918, No. 18
Bureau of Education, Department of the Interior
At the suggestion of the National Committee of One Hundred, the Advisory Council on Americanization to the United States Bureau of Education, the Secretary of the Interior called a conference on Americanization as a War Measure, which was held on April 3, 1918. Among those in attendance were governors, State officers, officials of commercial and industrial organizations and corporations, representatives of National and State Councils of Defense, and educators. On February 12, 1918, the Council of National Defense, at the request of the Bureau of Education of the Department of the Interior, sent to the State councils advance sheets of one of its bulletins, asking them to appoint a committee on Americanization, to perform two important functions: First, to assist the United States Bureau of Education in carrying out its national program. Second, to conduct and put through a State program for Americanization, for education. That bulletin contained an outline of the fundamental points in this National and State program. The Bureau of Education has now prepared a follow-up bulletin containing the first steps in that program. Those steps consist in the establishment of a war information service, for the purpose of bringing full knowledge of the aims and ideals in this war, of the relation of America to all other races and all matters that concern the alien and the foreign born in America, home to the individual aliens so that they will no longer be a prey to anti-American propaganda, and to ignorance and fear. During the conference reported on here, it was resolved "That the honorable the Secretary of the Interior appoint a committee of nine members, representative of those in attendance at this meeting, including governors, chairmen of State Defense Councils, officials of commercial organizations and industrial corporations, and representatives of the workers of the nation, who shall ask a hearing before a joint session of the Senate and House Committees on Education for the purpose of furthering legislation that will give Federal direction and leadership to the movement for teaching the English language to the illiterates and non-English speaking persons of foreign origin residing in the United States and which will promote through the public schools, the systematic instruction of such persons in American ideals, standards, and citizenship." (Contains 1 footnote.) [Best copy available has been provided.]
Bureau of Education, Department of the Interior.
Publication Type: Collected Works - Proceedings; Historical Materials
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: Department of the Interior, Bureau of Education (ED)
Identifiers - Location: United States