James M. Youngdale Interview, 1973
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Dr. James M. Youngdale
Youngdale Residence, Minneapolis, Minnesota
Swift County (Minn.); Depressions--1929; Swift County (Minn.)--Politics and government; Minnesota--Politics and government--1858-1950; Benson, Elmer A. (Elmer Austin), 1895-1985; Democratic-Farmer-Labor Party; Ethnicity--Minnesota--Swift County; Independent Voters of Minnesota; Political candidates--Minnesota--Swift County; Elections--Minnesota--Swift County; National Farmers Organization (U.S.)
James Youngdale was raised on a farm in Swift County and was active in politics in the area for many years. After graduating from Carleton College in 1940, Youngdale served on a government internships and then the Navy. Youngdale, the author of a book in Minnesota politics, ran unsuccessfully for U.S. Congress several times between 1940 and 1966.
In this interview, James Youngdale discusses his personal and family background. He gives a brief history of early Swift County and the Depression in Swift County. He discusses his party affiliation, Minnesota politics in the 1930s and 1940s, Elmer Benson, and the election of 1948. He discusses the Democrat tradition vs. the Farmer-Labor tradition, the DFL convention of 1948, and Swift County as a politically active county. He also discusses the influence of ethnic groups in Swift County, Youngdale's historical research and writing, the Independent Voters of Minnesota, Youngdale's election attempts, and the National Farmers Organization (NFO).
West Central Minnesota Historical Research Center (WCMHRC)
Youngdale, James M., "James M. Youngdale Interview, 1973" (1973). All Minnesota Oral Histories. 92.