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Censoring the Swedish #LindsborgWW1

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During the last years of the great war, the Lindsborg Record began to feature letters from “Over There.” These letters were sent to the newspaper from the families that received them and a were featured in their own section of the paper almost every in the last few months of 1918.  The image featured above is an excerpt from one of these such letters (this one in particular, is from Walter K. Hawkinson and is found in the August 16th, 1918 edition). From this letter, as well as a few others, there is evidence of letter censorship.  The censorship of letters in World War One and even later can be used to both maintain morale and also to limit details that could be useful to the enemy. ...read more

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