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David J. Bettez

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780813168012

Published to Kentucky Scholarship Online: May 2017

DOI: 10.5810/kentucky/9780813168012.001.0001

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Opposition to the War

Opposition to the War

(p.65) 4 Opposition to the War
Kentucky and the Great War

David J. Bettez

University Press of Kentucky

While most Kentuckians supported the US entry into the war, some dissent arose. Most notably, influential Southern Baptist pastor H. Boyce Taylor from Murray objected strenuously to the war, prompting investigations by the Kentucky Council of Defense and the US Department of Justice’s Bureau of Investigation (BI). Taylor eventually backed down and avoided jail. Another notable case involved three German American men from northern Kentucky (most prominently Charles B. Schoberg) who allegedly made pro-German comments and were prosecuted by federal authorities for sedition and spent time in federal prison. The BI investigated and successfully prosecuted other cases throughout the state, including Holiness Church preachers who opposed war in general and alleged subversion by African Americans. Although a few cases of draft resistance occurred, the number of draft resisters in Kentucky was much lower than in many southern states.

Keywords:   H. Boyce Taylor, Charles B. Schoberg, Bureau of Investigation, sedition, subversion, Holiness Church

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