The Salt Lake City Beobachter : Mirror of an Immigration
Utah Historical Quarterly
Salt Lake City, UT
Utah Historical Society
The Salt Lake Beobachter was published from 1890 to 1935 as a German language weekly. The story falls into three periods that, in turn, reflect corresponding eras in the assimilation of the German speaking saints: from 1890 until the outbreak of World War I, which was the continuation of a transition period of assimilation; the war period and its aftermath; and the period from 1923 to 1935 which marked a transition from newspaper to religious journal. Its end mirrors the completion of the gregariousness of the German people, as well as the efforts of the editors to help them understand their new society. It also encouraged pride in German ancestry and tended to support Germany, though when the United States declared its own neutrality the paper declared its reader's loyalty to this country. The end of the paper was a sign of the thoroughness of the assimilation of the Germans into American society.