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This letter is addressed to Jacob Russ from the Chairman of the Iowa Council of National Defense dated November 8, 1917. This letter states that the Iowa Council of Defense has received information stating that Russ has displayed disloyalty towards…
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Request for exemptions, as well as statement of rights as "American citizen."
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Governor's office on situation: "these people cannot be good Americans and continue talking the German language."
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Hint of the coercion and violence: "it would seem to me that as a matter of self protection these men would desist from preaching and teaching German at once.'
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