Diverging Democrats: Minnesota and Wisconsin in the Farm Crisis Election

From Lawrence R. Jacobs’ “Right vs. Left in the Midwest,” New York Times, 23 Nov. 2013. Accessed at http://www.nytimes.com/2013/11/24/opinion/sunday/right-vs-left-in-the-midwest.html.

Key Points:

(1) differences in strength of legislative affiliation between rural activist groups and urban legislators, and

(2) better development of a language of economic progressive populism which more effectively—though not completely—bridged the rural-urban divide in Minnesota.

Farmer’s Rally, State Capital, St. Paul, Minnesota, from the “Farm Families” project. Arndt, Thomas Frederick January 1985

1986 Wisconsin Lt. Gov and US Senate Primary

Comparing Minnesota and Wisconsin in 1986

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