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Expression Leads to Repression

Conflict on the Homefront: Wisconsin During World War I

"Once led into a war, our people will forget that there was ever such a thing as tolerance . . . ruthless brutality will enter into the very fiber of our national life, infecting Congress, the courts, the policeman, the man in the street."

--Woodrow Wilson on the eve of requesting from Congress a declaration of war

The newspaper articles, photos, and letters in this section are samples of the rampant anti-German hysteria in Wisconsin during World War I.

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