**CANCELLED** The Lynching of Robert Praeger: A World War I Hate Crime for Uncle Sam
Madison County Historical Society
The Madison County Historical Society has cancelled the April 19 Speaker Series program that was previously announced. The speaker for the program, Peter Stehman, has agreed to postpone his program on the 1918 lynching of Robert Praeger. The public is encouraged to visit the historical society's facebook page and website for further updates regarding cancellations or to read more about Madison County history.
Peter Stehman will discuss his book, Patriotic Murder, a fascinating look at the anti-German frenzy, fueled by government propaganda, that led to the lynching of Robert Praeger at Collinsville, Illinois on April 5, 1918. Stehman discusses how civil liberties were hijacked in the name of patriotism during World War I. There are lessons for today in this story of a crime where intolerance and hate against immigrants led to a suspension of civility. There were two crimes against Robert Praeger. Not only was he an innocent man murdered for his nationality, but the leaders of the mob who committed the crime were exonerated.
Immanuel United Methodist Church
800 N. Main Street
Edwardsville, Illinois (Map)