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Burning of German Textbooks

Burning of German Textbooks | Photograph | Wisconsin Historical Society
"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.
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.
RECORD DETAILS
Image ID:3455
Creation Date:June 13 1918
Creator Name:Trimpey, Ephraim Burt
City:Baraboo
County:Sauk
State:Wisconsin
Collection Name:Trimpey, Ephraim Burt : Photographs, circa 1910-1940
Genre:Photograph
Original Format Type:photographic print, b&w
Original Format Number:PH 392
Original Dimensions:7 x 5 inches
ADDITIONAL INFORMATION
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
Outdoor photography
Fires
High schools
Cities and towns
Sidewalks
Books
Automobiles
Streets

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