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How an Otter Creek Homesteader's Big Mouth Shook the State and the Nation


January 24, 2020

An example of the anti-German propaganda put out by the US government during WWI. (Photos courtesy Shane Dunning)

A column on local history, researched and written by Shane Dunning. Shane may be reached at [email protected]

To say being German in Montana in 1917 was complicated would be an understatement. The United States had, at long last, abandoned neutrality and entered World War One on the Allied side. Along with the declaration and its build-up came a wave of anti-German hysteria that was particularly virulent in Montana. Sauerkraut was re-named "Liberty Cabbage" and Daschunds were called "Liberty Hounds." On a much more serious front, the politics of the War in Montana became mixed w...

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