The mass emigration out of Germany during the nineteenth century resulted in the construction of communities of Germans throughout the world, often counting tens of thousands, hundreds of thousands or even millions of people. Together with these larger ethnic groups which evolved in parts of Europe, the Americas and some areas of the British Empire, smaller settlements also emerged, as in the case of the few thousand people who settled in India during the course of the nineteenth century.
This paper explores the interaction of European and US laws relating to marriage across borders in the twentieth century, and how that reflected conflicting attitudes towards family formation and national belonging. Specifically it utilizes U.S. immigration law, U.S. military policies, and U.S. Immigration and Naturalization Service cases related to marriage to look at competing views on acceptance and the idea of “foreign.” Examples of spouses or potential spouses who endure separation include persons from several European countries. Weiterlesen