New Ulm Military Draft Meeting, 1917

The World War I draft rally held in New Ulm on July 25, 1917, was an exciting event; it featured a parade, music, a giant crowd, and compelling speakers. The speakers urged compliance with law, but challenged the justice of the war and the government’s authority to send draftees into combat overseas. In the end, people obeyed the draft law, while the state punished dissent. Three of the speakers lost their jobs; the fourth was charged with criminal sedition.

Scan of a letter from Abraham Lincoln to Henry B. Whipple, March 27, 1862.

Abraham Lincoln to Henry B. Whipple, March 27, 1862

Abraham Lincoln to Henry B. Whipple, March 27, 1862.

Black and white photograph of left to right: Audre Lorde, Meridel Le Sueur, and Adrienne Rich, c.1980.

Left to right: Audre Lorde, Meridel Le Sueur, and Adrienne Rich

Left to right: Audre Lorde, Meridel Le Sueur, and Adrienne Rich, c.1980.

Black and white photograph of Meridel Le Sueur (right) with writer and poet Molly Culligan (left), 1980.

Meridel Le Sueur (right) with writer and poet Molly Culligan (left)

Meridel Le Sueur (right) with writer and poet Molly Culligan (left), 1980.

Black and white photograph of Meridel Le Sueur, c.1975.

Meridel Le Sueur, c.1975.

Meridel Le Sueur, c.1975.

Black and white photograph left to right: Gerald Vizenor, Chester Anderson, and Meridel Le Sueur, c.1974.

Left to right: Gerald Vizenor, Chester Anderson, and Meridel Le Sueur

Left to right: Gerald Vizenor, Chester Anderson, and Meridel Le Sueur, c.1974.

Black and white photograph of Meridel Le Sueur, c. 1940.

Meridel Le Sueur

Meridel Le Sueur, c.1940.

Black and white photograph of Arthur Le Sueur, stepfather of Meridel Le Sueur, c.1912.

Arthur Le Sueur

Arthur Le Sueur, stepfather of Meridel Le Sueur, c.1912.

Le Sueur, Meridel (1900–1996)

For more than seventy years, the Minnesota-based writer and activist Meridel Le Sueur was a voice for oppressed peoples worldwide. Beginning in the 1920s, she championed the struggles of workers against the capitalist economy, the efforts of women to find their voices and their power, the rights of American Indians to their lands and their cultures, and environmentalist causes.

Black and white photograph of men tarred and feathered in Minnesota during 1918 campaign by anti-Nonpartisan Leaguers,  c.1918.

Men tarred and feathered by anti-Nonpartisan Leaguers

Men tarred and feathered in Minnesota during 1918 campaign by anti-Nonpartisan Leaguers, c.1918.

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