Letters and Politics

The Green Corn Rebellion in Oklahoma

with Rachel Jackson, researcher of radical Oklahoma history at the University of Oklahoma.

The Green Corn Rebellion was an armed uprising that took place in rural Oklahoma on August 2 and 3, 1917. The uprising was a reaction by radicalized European-Americans, tenant farmers, Seminoles, Muscogee Creeks and African-Americans to an attempt to enforce the Selective Draft Act of 1917. They formed a militia and planned to march to Washington, D.C. to overthrow the government, eating “green corn” as they went.

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