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Babel Proclamation

2019-08-27 18:08:02

The Babel Proclamation was issued by Iowa's Governor William L. Harding on May 14, 1918. Harding took the Anti-German sentiment in the wake of World War I further than any other state.

According to this proclamation, "only English was legal in public or private schools, in public conversations, on trains, over the telephone, at all meetings, and in all religious services."[1]


  • Frese, Stephen J. "Divided by a Common Language: The Babel Proclamation and its Influence in Iowa History," The History Teacher November 2005 (13 August 2007).


  1. ^ Derr, Nancy. "The Babel Proclamation," The Palimpsest 60, No. 4 (July/August 1979): 100-101.