In those years he mid-wifed the merger of the left-wing Farmer-Labor Party
(DFL) with the state's third-place and less liberal Democrats.
Noting this almost forgotten overlap between the Old Left and the Old Right, Ross speculates that "a Labor or Farmer-Labor Party
, had it emerged before the Second World War, would have profoundly differed from postwar liberalism.
In 1933, workers in the Austin, Minnesota Hormel plant had many complaints against the company: raises habitually went to foremen's friends; workers were fired and then rehired in other departments at lower pay; before election day, foremen would threaten layoffs if Farmer-Labor Party
candidates won; and employees who challenged the practices were told that they could quit.
Dregni (English, Concordia University) writes with humor and affection of the historical sites, folk tales, and traditions of Scandinavians in the Midwest, and describes cultural, political, and labor movements originating in the Scandinavian community, such as the birth of the co-op movement and the Farmer-Labor Party
. Notable Nordics are profiled, and there is a wealth of information on food, festivals, monuments, and landmarks.
In 1932 he was nominated for president by the Farmer-Labor Party
The Republican-led state legislature passed a gerrymandered redistricting bill in an attempt to insulate its nine incumbents in the state's delegation from the party's expected loss of the statewide popular vote to the insurgent Farmer-Labor Party
. When the Farmer-Labor Governor, Floyd B.
During the hard years of the Depression, Minnesota radicals and progressives had flocked to the left-wing Farmer-Labor Party
, which had held the governorship from 1931 to 1936.
There they discussed a number of important political topics confronting the party, including work both within Labor's Non-Partisan League and the Democratic Party in order to insure the continuation and survival of the New Deal past the 1940 elections, and the CP's problematic relationship with the Minnesota Farmer-Labor Party
. However, the major purpose of the meeting was to encourage CP m embers "to engage more vigorously in the fight against Homer Martin of the U.A.W.U." The CP leaders feared that the party would confront "a serious condition in the CIO" if it was not successful in the struggle against Martin's break-away faction of the UAW.
(52.) SCU leaders strongly supported working with organized labor, encouraging members to form local farmer-labor cooperatives and to support candidates of the fledgling Farmer-Labor Party
when they ran for political office.
Founded when Democrats merged with the leftwing populists of the old Farmer-Labor party
in the 1940s, the Democratic-Farmer Labor Party's core membership is perhaps the most progressive of any state Democratic party in the nation.
The four more locally based essays are Peter Rachleff's exploration of divisions within Minnesota's Farmer-Labor party
during the 1930s; Robert Asher's discussion of the thoughts of early twentieth-century ironworkers and steelworkers on issues of political economy; Bruce Nelson's evaluation of the nature and magnitude of labor's defeat in Detroit's 1937 elections; and Gilbert Gall's chronicle of labor's successful attempts to defeat right-to-work campaigns in 1958 Ohio and 1978 Missouri.
Rachleff locates the ultimate failure of the Minnesota Farmer-Labor Party
inside the party and labor movement itself.