A Peculiar Imbalance: The Fall and Rise of Racial Equality in Early Minnesota

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Minnesota Historical Society, 2007 - History - 219 pages
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In the 1850s, as Minnesota Territory was reaching toward statehood, settlers from the eastern United States moved in, carrying rigid perceptions of race and culture into a community built by people of many backgrounds who relied on each other for survival. History professor William Green unearths the untold stories of African Americans and contrasts their experiences with those of Indians, mixed bloods, and Irish Catholics. He demonstrates how a government built on the ideals of liberty and equality denied the rights to vote, run for office, and serve on a jury to free men fully engaged in the lives of their respective communities.
  

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Contents

The Story of Jim Thompson
17
The Liberal Civilization
37
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71
7
85
The Good Indians
103
Trouble on the Levee
127
In Relief of the Reproach of Unjust Discrimination
141
The Attainable Destiny
165
Notes
187
Index
209
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About the author (2007)

William D. Green is an associate professor of history at Augsburg College.

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