Anti-German and anti-red hysteria during World War I shaped the future of the Nonpartisan League. Targeted by local and state officials, League members struggled to articulate their stance on the war. Pegged as un-American, the NPL fomented a violent response. Those who fought the Nonpartisan League inadvertently paid tribute to its potential to remake American politics. Covert investigations by federal and state agents as well as private detectives matched mob violence and innumerable indictments for disloyalty. Better-organized opposition grew from these roots. Civil liberties questions sparked by controversies over the Nonpartisan League reached the U.S. Supreme Court.
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