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Day: May 5, 2006

Pardons in Montana

Pardons in Montana

During World War I, Montana instituted the harshest sedition laws in the United States. You could not speak out against the country, the president, the military, or the flag. Showing signs of German ethnicity could get you in trouble too. Speaking or writing in German was banned. People took it upon themselves to find these traitors and sometimes public displays of loyalty were extracted from those of German dissent. 1918 was a particular dark time when accusations were loudest. In…

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