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This article published in the McPherson Daily Republican details the tarring and feathering of D.A. Diener and George Cooprider. Diener and Cooprider, both German American, were accused of disloyal speech. As a result, a mob traveled to the Cooprider home in Groveland Township and tarred and feathered Cooprider after his father refused to buy Liberty Bonds unless the government forced him to. Following the assault on Cooprider, the mob traveled to Diener's home in Spring Valley and applied "the same treatment" to him after he admitted to removing an American flag from the church he attended.

Creator: McPherson Daily Republican
Date: April 23, 1918

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This article can be used to help students appreciate the type of retribution and harassment German Americans faced in Kansas during World War I.

KS: 11th: 1.7.: challenges German Americans faced in Kansas during World War I

Item Number: 213529
Call Number: M 101, Microfilm Collection, McPherson Daily Republican, 11/1/1917-10/31/1918
KSHS Identifier: DaRT ID: 213529

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