With the new movie “1917” being released tomorrow, we recognize that year as a rebellious time in Oklahoma history, especially in an area known as a refuge for outlaws. In Smithsonian Magazine’s issue on “Secrets of American History,” an article details the 1917 Green Corn Rebellion, a plot that was designed to overthrow the United States government.
It blazed through the Sooner State and several nearby states but was eventually crushed when a law enforcement manhunt arrested 458 men, of whom 86 were sentenced to prison terms, with two going to Fort Leavenworth. The Oklahoma Socialist Party finally disbanded in 1918.
– Brenda Jones Barwick, APR, Jones PR