Did You Ever Hear About The Green Corn Rebellion?

Rich man’s war; poor man’s fight.  Wasn’t it always so?

The WCU grew dormant when cotton prices rose in 1916, but American entry into World War I revitalized the organization. Farmers saw the conflict as “a rich man’s war, poor man’s fight,” and throughout the summer of 1917 the WCU planned its opposition to the new federal Conscription Act. In early August hundreds of men–white, African American and American Indian–gathered at the Sasakwa, Oklahoma, farm of John Spears, an aging Socialist. The men planned to march to Washington and end the war, surviving on the way by eating barbecued beef and roasted green corn, the latter giving the rebellion its name.


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