Sunday, August 7, 2011

lynching a German-American in 1918

lynching of Robert Prager, the United Mine Workers, and the problems of patriotism in 1918, The | Journal of the Illinois State Historical Society

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  1. My grandfather was a Lutheran minister in Illinois during WWI. He was one of Wilson's "Four Minute Men" (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Four_Minute_Men) In his case he used to speak against the anti-German mob mentality and (according to my grandmother) used to on occasion address the mob in an attempt to prevent bloodshed. I wish he has lived long enough for me to have learned more about his part in that. All I remember well was the parchment signed by President Wilson and a bronze medallion.

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  2. jaundicedi, a cool bit of history.

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