Friday, September 29, 2017

Today -100: September 29, 1917: Of Wobblies, shadow Huns, and war aims


Government raids seize most of the IWW’s leadership after a Chicago grand jury charges 168 with seditious conspiracy.

Reps. “Cotton Tom” Heflin (D-Alabama) and Patrick Norton (R-North Dakota) get in a shoving match on the House floor, after the House Rules Committee decides not to investigate Heflin’s claims of German influence on certain congresscritters because the Justice Dept is already conducting an investigation.

Theodore Roosevelt calls Robert La Follette and other congressional critics of the war “shadow Huns.” Which is a nicely sinister coinage.

German Chancellor Georg Michaelis again rejects Germany stating its war aims, because that would just be confusing.


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