As a result of World War I, the United States emerged as a dominant world power. As the country welcomed the “tired and huddled masses,” it did so against a backdrop of social and political dissent, both nationally and internationally.
Enemy Alien Registration Affidavit of
Hans Joachim von Fischer-Treuenfeld,
February 8, 1918
Enemy Alien Registration Affidavits National Archives, Records of U.S. Attorneys, Record Group 118 (ARC ID 2641493)
During World War I, German Americans were registered as alien enemies, including Hans Joachin von Fischer Treuenfeld. He voluntarily requested to be detained because of the treatment he was receiving from Americans, who suspected him of being a German spy.