The Bank of North Dakota: The NPL and the Bank

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The frustration of farmers at the stranglehold Twin Cities and corporate business had on transportation, finance, and milling led to the rise of the Non-Partisan League.  The NPL-controlled legislature passed several bills providing support to farmers, including creation of the only state-owned bank in the country.

A. C. Townley’s Non-Partisan League’s membership rose quickly and soon endorsed candidates for their state ownership platform. After surmounting enduring political hurdles to get the NPL’s legislation passed in 1919, North Dakotans turned on the organization, but the state-owned enterprises the NPL created remained and flourished.

Producer

Kim Stenehjem (Producer); Lee Westad (Editor); R. Cadwell, D. Geck, T. Jensen, L. Westad (Videographers); Bob Dambach (Executive Director).

Source

The Bank of North Dakota [Documentary]. USA: Prairie Public Broadcasting (2005).

Grade Level

4 - 12

Subject Matter

Social Studies

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