Rallies in the rotunda make Capitol history

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

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  1. Submitted by William Pappas on 03/02/2011 - 06:50 am.

    One of the largest rallies in state history? If this is the case it was also one of the most ignored by our journalists. Thank you for at least presenting this fact. In the entire assault on public employees there has been very little factual reporting on the details of public employee pensions, health care and salary. Maybe you could help out on this lack of information as well.

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