After a large union rally this week at Minnesota’s State Capitol in solidarity with Wisconsin workers, we heard many wondering if it was one of the biggest rallies. Tonight on Almanac we’re looking into the largest gatherings in our state’s history. The Minnesota Historical Society talks about the enormous “Rosary Rally” in 1958 where hundreds of thousands people filled malls and streets around the Capitol against communism in Europe.
The other largest and longest-running Capitol rallies happened in the Great Depression. Year after year, thousands and thousands of farmers showed up inside and out of the building, even bringing their starving livestock to the Capitol. Farmers returned to protest in the 80s and 90s. We’ll have more historical context on Almanac http://www.tpt.org/almanac