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Anti-Liquor agitation heats up in Minneapolis, Minnesota

Minnesota Territory, 1857
Heading the anti-liquor movement in Minneapolis, Minnesota, Congregationalist pastor Henry M. Nichols had on Sunday preached a fiery sermon against the "Rumsellers."  On Tuesday, the women of his congregation had harassed local saloon-owners.  Wednesday night Nichols' church burned down mysteriously.  A mass meeting was called in the city the next day and a "Vigilance Committee" was appointed.  (By John Osborne) 
Source Citation: 
Paul R. Lucas, "The Church and the City: Congregationalism in Minneapolis, 1850-1890," Minnesota History, Vol. 44, No. 2 (Summer, 1974), 62. 


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