DCAGS June - Wisconsin Homefront in WWI

  • 08 Jun 2019
  • 11:00 AM
  • The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (chapel), 4505 Regent St., Madison, Wisconsin


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The Wisconsin Homefront in World War I
with Leslie Bellais

Shortly after the United States entered the European War in April 1917, Wisconsin became known as America’s “Traitor State.” Its large proportion of German citizens, active Socialist party, and anti-war Senator, Robert La Follette, helped create this perception. Some Wisconsinites sought to prove their loyalty and patriotism through sacrifice and hard work; others resorted to vigilantism.

Leslie Bellais, former Curator of Social History at the Wisconsin Historical Society, will discuss the ways a variety of Wisconsin citizens experienced the state’s tension-filled atmosphere during the 18 months America participated in World War I.

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