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Whyte, William Foote, 1851-1926 "The Bennett law campaign in Wisconsin"


The Bennett Law Campaign in Wisconsin: This article focuses on the 1889 law that required all Wisconsin schools, public and parochial, to teach certain subjects only in the English language, but rather on the political forces that led to its creation and ultimate defeat. Viewed by German Catholics and Lutherans as an attack not only on their parochial schools but also on their language and culture, the law was backed by Yankees who believed in Americanization. The article only summarizes opposition to the law but covers in great detail the unsuccessful backpedaling of its sponsors. The author was friend of Gov. William D. Hoard (1861-1933) and an eyewitness to many of the events he describes. He also uses newspapers, local election returns, and other primary sources. (27 pages)

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Citation: Whyte, William Foote, 1851-1926 "The Bennett law campaign in Wisconsin" Wisconsin Magazine Of History. Volume: 10 /Issue: 4 (1926-1927)

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