Writings from 2013

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  • Travelers Explore the Radical Side of Oklahoma’s History

    Excerpt: While the Green Corn rebels were suppressed through accusations of disloyalty and syndicalism, so was the rebellion. That is, few Oklahomans know of it because official narratives of state history do not account for it. It’s hard not to wonder how Oklahoma might be different if this story were publicly acknowledged, or perhaps even heralded, as a collective expression of conscientious objection to unbridled greed and war.

    What might a roadside historical marker say about these rebels, impoverished workers in the Oklahoma countryside, who emboldened each other to take a stand?On the way back to Tenkiller, we took a slightly different route, and came across – quite by accident – the path being cut across Oklahoma for the Keystone XL Pipeline. Certainly the Green Corn Rebels should inspire us all to put a stop to that mess.

  • “WWI Uprising: Green Corn Rebellion” (sidebar part of story “Protest Movements”) from Something about Everything Military (2013)

    Excerpt: It’s been swept under Oklahoma’s rug somewhat like a family’s embarrassing secret. Many in the state hoped the nation would forget the Green Corn Rebellion. The skirmish in August 1917 started with some 450 angry tenant farmers – white, black, and American Indian – who gathered on the banks of the South Canadian River with plans to march toward Washington, D.C., in protest of the World War I draft, which passed a few months before. People criticize the Green Corn Rebellion as a black mark on Oklahoma because it was rebellious and, some say, anti-American.