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Watchdog of Loyalty: The Minnesota Commission of Public Safety During World War I

Chrislock, Carl Henry

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ISBN 10: 0873512634 / ISBN 13: 9780873512633
Published by Minnesota Historical Society Press, Saint Paul, Minnesota, 1991
Condition: Fine Hardcover
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"This book offers the first hard look at the motives and activities of a uniquely powerful agency. The narrative is based on extensive research in the papers of the Commission of Public Safety, as well as archival material from key participants and contemporary newspaper accounts. The private verdict of one insider remains the best judgement on the safety commission's legacy to the state: 'The ruthlessness of the Commission's procedure dangerous it is to vest even good men with arbitrary power.' WATCHDOG OF LOYALTY is a stark reminder of the abuses to liberty that can happen during times of national crisis." This book has 387 pages and is illustrated. The book is a SIGNED AND DATED PRESENTATION copy from the author, Carl Henry Chrislock. Bookseller Inventory # 062712

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Title: Watchdog of Loyalty: The Minnesota ...

Publisher: Minnesota Historical Society Press, Saint Paul, Minnesota

Publication Date: 1991

Binding: Cloth

Book Condition:Fine

Dust Jacket Condition: Fine

Signed: Signed by Author

Edition: First Printing

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In compelling narrative style, this book offers the first hard look at the motives and activities of this uniquely powerful state agency, which used loyalty as a weapon to protect the existing socioeconomic order against a rising tide of radicalism on the home front.

April 1917: The governor of Minnesota put the State Capitol in St. Paul under heavy military guard. Newspapers filled their columns with rumors of terrorist activities. Then the United States declared war on Germany. In the midst of patriotic hysteria, the state legislature passed a bill establishing the Minnesota Commission of Public Safety to "do . . . all acts and things necessary" to defend the state from its enemies.

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Carl H Chrislock

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