Community Voices - Postville Oral History Project

Community Voices: The Postville Oral History Project Recording with Chad Wahls

Interviewee

Chad Wahls

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Interview Conducted by RaeAnn Swanson-Evans

Interview Transcribed by RaeAnn Swanson-Evans

Keywords

Wahls, Chad--Interviews; Postville Immigration Raid, Postville, Iowa, 2008;

Genre

Oral History

Interview Description

Chad Wahls came to Postville in 2001 and worked at the Postville schools for 15 years, serving as a principal for nine of those years. During his time working for the school in Postville Chad also coached many sports from girls basketball to boys football, baseball, and basketball. During his first year as Principal, the raid threw the town and the school into an unprecedented situation. Chad explains how the community and the school regrouped in the aftermath of the raid. Schools are often the foundation of small communities and that becomes clear in this interview as Chad describes how the school tried to meet the needs of all its students before and after the raid.

Interview Number

15

Interview Date

3-2-2015

File Format

audio/mp3

Disciplines

Public Affairs, Public Policy and Public Administration | United States History

Project Title

Community Voices: The Postville Oral History Project

Project Description

The Community Voices: Postville Oral History Project sought to capture the remembered past of those who experienced the “Postville story,” that is, the social context leading up to, including, and following the ICE immigration raid that occurred on May 12th, 2008. The Interviews available here showcase the unique memories of 16 interviewees living and working in or near Postville. The interviews will leave listeners with a sense of how a small town in rural Iowa has dealt with and continues to deal with vast demographic change and the aftermath of an ICE raid that threw Postville into the national conversation on immigration reform.

Publisher

Rod Library, University of Northern Iowa

Copyright

©2014 The Postville Project

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Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-No Derivative Works 4.0 License
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Community Voices: The Postville Oral History Project Recording with Chad Wahls

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