The Wisconsin Historical Society Speakers Bureau offers an exciting opportunity for our historians, curators and authors to visit your community and share the stories of our great state.
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. At this event, Leslie Bellais, Curator of Social History, 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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Gundry House, Mineral Point Historical Society
234 Madison St