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        Minnesota | Activity 9.3: Minnesota Farmer-Labor Party

        Students watch a short video and answer questions about the Minnesota Farmer–Labor Party, which had control of the state’s government from 1918–1944. After watching the video, the students write an election speech as a Farmer–Labor Party candidate running for Congress. 

        Lesson Summary

        Students watch a short video and answer questions about the Minnesota Farmer–Labor Party, which had control of the state’s government from 1918–1944. After watching the video, the students write an election speech as a Farmer–Labor Party candidate running for Congress. 

        This lesson is part of "Great States: Minnesota | Unit 9: Great Depression and the New Deal" where students will explore how the Great Depression and its resultant expansion of the federal government affected Minnesota. 

        Time Allotment

        20 minutes

        Learning Objectives

        Standards: 

        6.4.4.20.3: Describe the effects of reform movements on the political and social culture of Minnesota in the early twentieth century.

        6.4.4.21.2: Describe political and social impact of the Great Depression and New Deal in Minnesota, including the increased conflict between big business and organized labor. 

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        1. Tell the students that they will be watching a short video about the Minnesota Farmer–Labor Party, which had control of the Minnesota government from 1918–1944.

        1. Play the video, Minnesota Legacy Short | Grass Roots Populism: MN Farmer–Labor Party 1916-1944 [6:32] and have the students answer the following questions.

          1. What party had control of Minnesota before the Farmer–Labor Party?

          2. Why did the farmers and laborers create the Farmer–Labor Party?

          3. In 1944, what party did the Farmer–Labor party join?

        1. Writing activity: Have students pretend they are running for Congress as a Farmer–Labor Party candidate or a party of their choice. Instruct them to write an election speech to convince the people of Minnesota to vote for them.

        Answer Key

        1. The Republican Party [0:42]

        2. Farming was an insecure industry, and the laborers felt like they couldn’t organize or get protection in their jobs [2:04].

        3. The Democratic Party [4:20]

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