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The Citizens Alliance of Minneapolis

This pamphlet was published by the Citizens Alliance of Minneapolis in 1935. The Alliance positioned itself as a pro-business civic association, but the group’s overarching goal was to undermine the labor unions and expose their real or imagined communist connections. Through relationships with banking and finance, the National Guard, and the grand jury system, the CA attempted to defeat efforts to organize workers. When they could not defeat the Teamsters’ strikes of 1934, they regrouped and renamed themselves the Allied Industries, but continued the same politics.

Dean Edward Nicholson and Ray Chase shared the political agendas created by the Citizens Alliance and the interests that they represented. Those interests depended upon a remarkable system of informers, spies, and infiltrators developed by the Citizens Alliance and its many branches and organizations throughout Minneapolis.

DETAILS
CreatorCitizens Alliance of Minneapolis,SourceHennepin County Library, Digital Collection, MPLS: Civic AssociationsRightsCourtesy of the Hennepin County LibraryCoverageMinnesotaTime Period1930s