Wisconsin History Day By Day


Related Web Sites:
The Wisconsin Milk Strikes

Farmers Holiday Movement


Read More About It

"The History of Wisconsin: War, a New Era, and Depression, 1914-1940" by Paul W. Glad


Vocabulary:

tense
bayonets
unrest
mass


Interesting Fact:

Gilberts ran for Congress in 1934, entering the primary election from Wisconsin's Ninth District.


Study Questions:

  • What were the farmers protesting?
  • Why were there so many farm strikes and protests during the 1930s?
  • What was the Wisconsin Farm Holiday Association?


    Search these newspaper databases for additional stories about farm strikes:

  • Newspapers on BadgerLink
  • Wisconsin Historical Society


    U.S. historical events that occurred on September 2:

    1864: Gen. William Sherman's forces occupy Atlanta.
    1901: Vice President Theodore Roosevelt offers the advice, "Speak softly but carry a big stick."
    1945: World War II comes to an end as the Japanese formally surrender in ceremonies aboard the USS Missouri.



  • September 2

    September 2, 1932: During a mass meeting of over 5,000 farmers discussing the tense farm unrest, Arnold Gilberts, Wisconsin Farm Holiday Association leader, said, "We'll solve our problems with bayonets, and I don't mean maybe."


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