Tim Gebhart

Tim Gebhart
Topics: History, South Dakota, Veterans/Military History
Communities: Sioux Falls
Program Types: Speakers Bureau

306 E 82nd Pl, Sioux Falls, SD 57108
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South Dakota's War Against German
As the U.S. entered World War I, South Dakota was not immune from the anti-German sentiment growing across the country. In fact, one government agency, the state Council of Defense, viewed speaking German as such a threat to public safety that it made teaching and speaking the language illegal. Gebhart's presentation discusses the efforts and effects of that entity, and what was essentially the mounting of a war on the German language.