Iowa's 175th Anniversary of Statehood

December 22, 2021 10:00am

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Name Changes in World War I     


When the United States entered World War I, anti-German sentiment spread across the country. Some of the country’s reactions to German-Americans seem almost farcical in hindsight: Sauerkraut became “Liberty Cabbage” and hamburger was called “Liberty Steak.” Frankfurters were renamed “Liberty Sausage” before they became plain old hot dogs. In northern Iowa, the town of Germania changed its name to Lakota, while the east-central town of Berlin became Lincoln.