E. J. Brosa, a farmer living near Valley Falls (Jefferson County) writes to Governor Andrew F. Schoeppel of Topeka (Shawnee County) requesting an Italian prisoner be sent to his farm as a laborer. The United States military held Axis prisoners of war at internment camps at several locations in Kansas. The use of war prisoners as farm laborers was a controversial issue for local communities. Some citizens worried about personal and community security and the protection of military intelligence. Other citizens were concerned about the shortage of farm labor and resented Axis prisoners being allowed to work their farms while their children were off fighting the war.
Creator: Broza, E. J.
Date: February 16, 1944
Item Number: 207231
Call Number: Governor's Records, Schoeppel, Box 64 Folder 6
KSHS Identifier: DaRT ID: 207231
Agriculture - Labor - Prisoner of war labor
Collections - State Archives - Governor's Records - Schoeppel, Andrew F.
Date - 1940s - 1944
Government and Politics - State Government - Governors - Schoeppel, Andrew F.
Military - Wars - World War II - Homefront - Prisoner of war
Objects and Artifacts - Communication Artifacts - Documentary Artifact - Letter
People - Notable Kansans - Schoeppel, Andrew Frank, 1894-1962
Places - Cities and towns - Valley Falls
Places - Counties - Jefferson
Thematic Time Period - World War II, 1939 - 1945
Type of Material - Unpublished documents - Letters