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Burning of German Textbooks

Burning of German Textbooks
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Title: Burning of German Textbooks
Description: "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
June 13, 1918 
Trimpey, Ephraim Burt
City, State: Baraboo, Wisconsin
Trimpey, Ephraim Burt
Genre: Photograph
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.
Subjects: High schools

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