Mexican American migrant farm workers harvesting asparagus near Owatonna, c.1955. Rural Minnesota has always been demographically diverse and home to immigrant and migrant populations. Immigrants have played roles as farm owners and hired hands.
Michael Dowling, a Minnesota politician, newspaper publisher, businessmen, and spokesperson for those with physical disabilities lost both legs, most of one arm and part of another to frostbite when he was young. During and after World War I Dowling crusaded for the rehabilitation of veterans disabled during the war. This film clip, first shown at a meeting of the American Medical Association in 1918, graphically demonstrates how Mr. Dowling was able to function very successfully in spite of his handicap. He is shown driving a car, traveling, and conducting regular business operations.