Saturday, November 17, 2012
The 1934 Minneapolis Truckers’ Strike
To maintain public order, the Minnesota governor was forced to call in The National Guard. When that proved insufficient, the Minnesota governor ended up imposing martial law.
The governor’s actions during the Truckers’ Strike were atypical—the governor in question was a Leftist loon. He attempted to place under state ownership Minnesota’s electric and gas utilities, iron mines, gas and oil fields, grain elevators and meat-packing plants.
Happily, a non-partisan state legislature acted sanely, and prevented the governor from destroying the state’s economy.
Not long after, the governor died in office of cancer—but not before one of his most powerful opponents was gunned down in his front yard in the presence of his wife and daughter. The crime has never officially been solved. (It was and is believed that the governor, who had extensive, lifelong ties to organized crime, ordered the hit.)
Minnesota has a sordid history of labor troubles going back to the 19th Century. In fact, Minnesota may be the worst state in the nation when measured by number of ugly labor conflicts.
Oddly, given that Minnesota’s is now primarily a white-collar economy, the sewage of labor troubles continues to this day.