Grant County farmers among the marchers to the State Capitol, 1935. Photographer: George E. Luxton. Minnesota farm families practiced active citizenship and made demands on the government to honor their labor and protect their farms.
Farmers Cooperative Creamery, Milaca, c.1910. Photographer: Palmquist Studio. The challenges of the market caused Minnesota farmers to organize cooperatives both to sell their products and buy their supplies.
Women and child feeding chickens, c.1905. Photographer: Emil King. Minnesota farm families worked together to survive on the land. They also worked with hired hands, community members, animals, and machines.
Ojibwe men, possibly at 1857 or 1862 treaty signing in Washington, DC. Photographer: Matthew B. Brady. To make way for the farm, the land first needed to be alienated from native peoples. Treaty negotiations started this process.
The Farmers' Alliance in Minnesota thrived from 1886 to 1892. During this time, the organization achieved the most progress toward its political goals in the state. These included greater regulation of the railroad industry as it impacted the wheat market, elimination of irregularities in the grading of wheat, and minimization or elimination of the middleman in the wheat trade.