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State’s secret 1917 rebellion

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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

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