In 1917, as the United States ramped up to join the great European war, a young Seattle woman named Louise Olivereau took a stand against the pro-war fervor of her time by urging conscripts to place obedience to conscience over obedience to the State. Because of this, she was arrested under the Federal Espionage Act, convicted in a dramatic trial in which she represented herself, and was sentenced to 10 years in prison.
Discover the little-known story that embodies the story of America itself, a land of “patriotic anarchists” that includes those who drove the Revolution and abolition of slavery, and contemporaries like Colin Kaepernick who drive the current battles for racial and social justice, but also those like the Bundys who seize federal property in the name of conservative values. What is the duty of each individual to their conscience, and what is the duty of each citizen to society? Would you want to live in a world in which everybody acted like Louise Olivereau? Led by author and historian Michael Schein, explore the fascinating story and complex questions surrounding an extraordinary woman.
This talk is presented by Humanities Washington and the Washington State Historical Society in commemoration of the 100th anniversary of America’s involvement in World War I.
Michael Schein is an author, historian, attorney, poet, and former professor of American legal history. Schein is a freelance writer for HistoryLink.org, the online encyclopedia of Washington State history. He founded and directed the annual LiTFUSE Poets’ Workshop held in Tieton. His newest book is John Surratt: The Lincoln Assassin Who Got Away. His second book is the historical novel Bones Beneath Our Feet: A Historical Novel of Puget Sound, and his first novel is Just Deceits, based on the true story of a 1792 infanticide trial of wealthy members of the Randolph family. His poetry appears in numerous journals and anthologies, and has been nominated three times for the Pushcart Prize. In addition to working with Humanities Washington, Schein has served on the speakers bureau of the ACLU of Washington.
Schein lives in Carnation.
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