Louise Olivereau: Anti-War ActivistThis is a featured page

Louise Olivereau was tried for sedition in Seattle as a result of her activities in opposition to World War I.

Some key historical questions:
Why was Louise Olivereau opposed to United States involvement in the War? What did she do to get indicted for sedition? What is sedition? How are issues of protest, freedom of speech and sedition affected by major wars? Were her anti-war tactics different from those who opposed other American wars such as Vietnam or the Gulf War? Did she receive the same treatment as those who protested against later wars? What was her political philosophy? How does that philosophy compare with those espoused by protesters opposed to the Vietnam War or the World Trade Organization (WTO)?

Be sure to consider other possibilities for historical questions as you analyze and interpret your topic.

Primary Sources:
  • Governor Lister’s Papers
  • Secret Service Papers
  • Federal District Court Case Files-U.S. vs. Olivereau (USDC, WDW, Criminal case #3778)
  • Minnie Parkhurst Papers
  • Regional Newspaper and Periodical Index

Secondary Sources:
Seattle, 1900-1920: From Boom Town, Urban Turbulance, To Restoration
by Richard C. Berner
Washington: A Centennial History by Robert E. Ficken and Charles P. LeWarne

History of the Labor Movement in the United States, Volume VII: Labor & World War I, 1914-18
by Philip S. Foner
The Pacific Northwest: An Interpretive History
by Carlos Schwantes
Radical Heritage: Labor, Socialism, and Reform in Washington and British Columbia, 1885-1917
by Carlos Schwantes
Rebels of the Woods: The IWW in the Pacific Northwest by Robert Tyler

“It’s Your Misfortune and None of My Own:” A New History of the American West by Richard White

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