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The Babel Proclamation
was issued by Iowa's Governor William L. Harding
William Lloyd Harding was from Sioux City, Iowa and the 22nd Governor of Iowa from 1917 to 1921.-Biography:Born in 1877 in Sibley, Iowa, Harding opposed extending voting rights for women and road improvements...
on May 14, 1918, when he took the Anti-German Sentiment in the wake of World War I
World War I , which was predominantly called the World War or the Great War from its occurrence until 1939, and the First World War or World War I thereafter, was a major war centred in Europe that began on 28 July 1914 and lasted until 11 November 1918...
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."