Anti-Saloon League button

Anti-Saloon League 16th National Convention delegate button with attached ribbons. The button's face reads: "16th National convention. Anti-Saloon League of America. Atlantic City, July 6-9, 1915. / A Stainless Flag / A Saloonless Country".

Black and white photograph of members of the Political Equality Club of Minneapolis, 1915.

Political Equality Club, Minneapolis

Members of the Political Equality Club of Minneapolis, 1915.

Black and white photograph of the University of Minnesota's women's suffrage club, 1913.

University of Minnesota's women's suffrage club

University of Minnesota's women's suffrage club, 1913.

Black and white photograph of Ignatius Donnelly c.1898.

Ignatius Donnelly, c.1898

Ignatius Donnelly, c.1898.

The Progressive Era in Minnesota, 1899–1920

The growth of cities and industry in the late nineteenth century brought sweeping changes to American society. Minneapolis and Saint Paul grew rapidly. Urban labor provided new opportunities for Minnesotans as well as new challenges. Business practices and labor rights became topics of heated debate. The progressive movement spread amid growing concerns about the place of ordinary Americans in relation to the new urban landscape.

Black and white photograph of Ignatius Donnelly, c.1885.

Ignatius Donnelly, c.1885

Ignatius Donnelly, c.1885. Photograph by Charles A. Zimmerman.

Black and white photograph of Ignatius Donnelly, 1898.

Ignatius Donnelly, 1898

Ignatius Donnelly, 1898.

Oil-on-canvas portrait of Ignatius Donnelly, 1891.

Portrait of Ignatius Donnelly

Oil-on-canvas portrait of Ignatius Donnelly, 1891. Painted by artist Nicholas Richard Brewer.

Black and white photograph of Ignatius Donnelly, c.1880.

Ignatius Donnelly, c.1880

Ignatius Donnelly, c.1880. Photograph by Charles A. Zimmerman.

Donnelly, Ignatius (1831–1901)

Ignatius Donnelly was the most widely known Minnesotan of the nineteenth century. As a writer, orator, and social thinker, he enjoyed fame in the U.S. and overseas. As a politician he was the nation's most articulate spokesman for Midwestern populism. Though the highest office he held was that of U.S. congressman, he shaped Minnesota politics for more than thirty years.

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