Wahls, Chad--Interviews; Postville Immigration Raid, Postville, Iowa, 2008;
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.
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Community Voices: The Postville Oral History Project
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.
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Wahls, Chad, "Community Voices: The Postville Oral History Project Recording with Chad Wahls" (2015). Postville Project Oral Histories: Community Voices. 14.