WWI Special Event - Leslie Bellais of the Wisconsin Historical Society

Over Here:  The Wisconsin Homefront in World War I 
Shortly after the United States entered the European War in April of 1917, Wisconsin became known as America’s “Traitor State.”  Its large proportion of German citizens, active Socialist party, and anti-war Senator, Robert La Follette, helped create this perception.  Some Wisconsinites sought to prove their loyalty and patriotism through sacrifice and hard work; others resorted to vigilantism.  Leslie Bellais, Curator of Social History at the Wisconsin Historical Society, will discuss the ways a variety of Wisconsin citizens experienced the state’s tension-filled atmosphere during the 18 months America participated in World War I. 


Sunday, November 5, 2017 - 2:00pm to 3:30pm