Special Deputy Sheriff, Ramsey County badge, issued to members of the Minnesota Home Guard during the Twin Cities Streetcar strike, 1917. This badge was worn by Edward Karow, Captain in the Thirteenth Battalion of the Minnesota Home Guard. Original badge is in the Edward Karow Scrapbooks, 1917–1925, Manuscript Collection, Minnesota Historical Society, St. Paul.
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.