Burning of German Textbooks
"Here lies the remains of German in B.H.S." is written on the pavement next to a smoldering pile of German textbooks. A car is parked along the curb in the background.
Image ID: 3455
Creation Date: 1918-06-13
Creator Name: Trimpey, Ephraim Burt
Collection Name: Trimpey, Ephraim Burt
Original Format Type: photographic print, b&w
Original Format Number: PH 392
Original Dimensions: 5 x 7 inches
The textbooks were burned in protest against the difficult German sequence, or courses in German language, literature and culture, taught at Baraboo High School by Miss Christian Wright. The board of education had previously unanimously voted to discontinue the courses. Although anti-German sentiment related to World War I may have influenced the board's decision, the book-burning was not a political act so much as a senior class prank.
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