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        Minnesota | Activity 9.4: Minnesota’s Nonpartisan League

        Students watch a short video about Charles Lindbergh’s involvement with the Nonpartisan League during the 1918 primary election for Minnesota Governor. Students answer four questions after watching the video. 

        Lesson Summary

        Students watch a short video about Charles Lindbergh’s involvement with the Nonpartisan League during the 1918 primary election for Minnesota Governor. Students answer four questions after watching the video. 

        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

        30 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.

        6.4.4.20.5: Describe the political and social culture of Minnesota during World War I and how it affected Minnesotans. 

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        1. Tell the students that they will be watching a short video about Charles Lindbergh’s involvement with the Nonpartisan League and his opposition to WWI.

        1. Play the video, Charles A. Lindbergh | The 1918 Minnesota Primary | Prairie Mosaic Shorts [6:55] and have the students answer the following questions.

          1. Before becoming a candidate for the Nonpartisan League, what party did Lindbergh belong to?

          2. Why did Lindbergh switch to the Nonpartisan League?

          3. Why did many Republicans join the Nonpartisan League?

          4. What was the result of the election?

        1. Art Activity: Have students pretend they are a candidate for the Nonpartisan League or another political party of their choice. Instruct students to create a campaign poster to help them get elected.

        Answer Key

        1. The Republican Party [1:00]

        2. Lindbergh was strongly opposed to the entry of America into WWI [1:03].

        3. The Public Safety Commission had enacted laws that persecuted many Minnesota citizens [4:15].

        4. Lindbergh was defeated by his opponent, Governor Burnquist [6:05]

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