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MN90: A Hero for Hard Times

Minnesotans elected Floyd B. Olson as the state’s first Farmer-Labor party governor in 1930, during the height of the Great Depression. During this tough time, thousands of people across the country were out of work, dealing with bread lines, and losing their farms to foreclosure. MN90 producer Marisa Helms introduces us to Floyd B. Olson, who became the hero Minnesotans were hoping for.

Black and white image of Charles A. Lindbergh featured on the cover of The Nonpartisan Leader, the NPL's official publication, 1918.

Charles A. Lindbergh, Farmer-Labor Candidate for Governor of Minnesota

Charles A. Lindbergh featured on the cover of The Nonpartisan Leader, the NPL's official publication, 1918.

Black and white photograph of effigy of Charles A. Lindbergh hanging in Stanton, c.1918.

Effigy of Charles A. Lindbergh, Sr. hanging from a telephone pole in Stanton

Effigy of Charles A. Lindbergh hanging in Stanton, c.1918.

Black and white photograph of people gathering for a Nonpartisan League meeting in Echo, c.1918.

Cars and people gather for a Nonpartisan League meeting in Echo

People gather for a Nonpartisan League meeting in Echo, c.1918.

Black and white photograph of Nonpartisan League meeting in Carver County, 1918.

Nonpartisan League meeting in Carver County

Nonpartisan League meeting in Carver County, 1918.

Black and white photograph of Arthur C. Townley, founder of the Nonpartisan League, c.1915.

Arthur C. Townley, founder and President of the Nonpartisan League

Arthur C. Townley, founder of the Nonpartisan League, c.1915.

Black and white photograph of Nonpartisan League member Theodore G. Mattson, c.1918.

Theodore G. Mattson and his Nonpartisan League wagon box, Little Falls

Nonpartisan League member Theodore G. Mattson, c.1918.

The Nonpartisan League

Exploited by powerful corporate and political interests in Minneapolis and St. Paul, Midwestern farmers banded together in the early twentieth century to fight for their political and economic rights. Farmers formed the Nonpartisan League (NPL) and wrote a significant chapter of Minnesota's progressive-era history.

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