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History: The Battle of Athens, Tennessee, 1946

March 19, 2012
2nd Amendment TV
3/19/2012

The video clip I’m sharing with you today is from a made-for-TV movie titled “An American Story” (1992).

It’s based on the true story of the ‘McMinn County War’ which took place in Athens and Etowah, Tennessee on August 1st and 2nd 1946.

There had been long-standing concern in McMinn County about political corruption and possible election fraud. At citizen request, the U.S. Department of Justice had investigated allegations of electoral fraud in 1940, 1942, and 1944, but had done nothing.

In 1946, as Sheriff Paul Cantrell tried to steal another election, the residents of Athens and Etowah, including a group of G.I.’s having just returned home from the WWII, took up arms and refused to allow the fraud to continue.

2 Comments leave one →
  1. upaces88 permalink
    July 15, 2013 8:26 pm

    This is a great video!

  2. March 19, 2012 9:49 am

    How long does the federal government have to goad us before we no longer allow the fraud to continue? When will the breaking point come?

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