Minnesota Gov. Floyd Olson speaking from the steps of the state capitol. April 1933

“I am making a last appeal to the Legislature. If the Senate does not make provision for the sufferers in the State and the Federal Government refuses to aid, I shall invoke the powers I hold and shall declare martial law. …

A lot of people who are now fighting [relief] measures because they happen to possess considerable wealth will be brought in by provost guard and be obliged to give up more than they would now. There is not going to be misery in this State if I can humanly prevent it. . .

Unless the Federal and State governments act to insure against recurrence of the present situation, I hope the present system of government goes right down to hell.”

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