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Alvin Arneson


Timothy Madigan



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Interview with Alvin Arneson on schools and farming during the 1920s and 1930s, and his involvement in progressive politics in North Dakota and Minnesota.


Born in Wisconsin in 1898, Alvin Arneson was Superintendent of schools in different towns in North Dakota in the 1920s, and began farming in Minnesota in 1938. He was head of the WPA in Minot, North Dakota, in the 1930s, and active in the Democratic Party in both North Dakota and Minnesota.

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Robert Marion La Follette, Sr., Robert Marion La Follette, Jr., John James Blaine, Myron Olson, John White Boy, Franklin Delano Roosevelt, Fred J. Frederickson, Obed Wyum, Leon Henderson, Herber Hoover, Henry Holt, Thomas H. Moodie, William Langer, Lydia Langer, Usher L. Burdick, Quentin N. Burdick, Owen J. Roberts, John Moses, Harry Lashkowitz, William Murray, William F. Lemke, Woodrow Wilson, Henry Agard Wallace, Hubert H. Humphrey, Elmer Austin Benson, Joseph McCarthy, Dwight D. Eisenhower, Lyndon B. Johnson, Eugene J. McCarthy, Cornelia Gjesdal Knutson, Robert Bergland


Teachers, School superintendents, Works Progress Administration director, Farmers, Tire industry


Republic Steel Corporation, Valparaiso University, United States. Army. Students' Army Training Corps, American Society of Equity, Wisconsin. State Normal School (La Crosse), University of North Dakota, North Dakota Nonpartisan League, Democratic Party (U.S.), United States. Works Progress Administration, United States. Federal Emergency Relief Administration, United States. Public Works Administration, United States. Resettlement Administration, Independent Voters Association (N.D.), National Farmers' Holiday Association (U.S.), Wisconsin Progressive Party, Democratic-Farmer-Labor Party, Communist Party of the United States of America, United States. Army


Wisconsin—Ehrick, Norway—Ilvig, Wisconsin—Beaver Creek Valley, North Dakota—Fargo, California, Indiana—Hammond, Wisconsin, North Dakota, Minnesota—Saint Paul, North Dakota—Sanish, North Dakota—Grand Forks, North Dakota—Van Hook, Wisconsin—Black River Falls, North Dakota—Minot, North Dakota—Leeds, North Dakota—Rugby, North Dakota—Valley City, Washington (D.C.), North Dakota—Bismarck, Minnesota, Minnesota--Clay County, Minnesota--Saint Paul Metropolitan Area, Vietnam (Democratic Republic)


Emigration and immigration, Agriculture, Appeal to Reason, New Republic, Education, Indians of North America, Black Hawk War (1832), Great Depression, Politics and government, Frazier-Lemke Farm Bankruptcy Act, Anti-communist movements, Vietnam War (1961-1975), Communism

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S236 234

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American Politics | Educational Administration and Supervision | Oral History

Oral Interview of Alvin Arneson



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