The North Star State: A Minnesota History Reader

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Anne J. Aby
Minnesota Historical Society Press, 2002 - Biography & Autobiography - 486 pages
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Two hundred years of Minnesota history spring to life in this lively and captivating collection of essays. The North Star State encompasses the wide range of Minnesota's unique past--from the Civil War to the World Wars, from frontier life to the age of technological innovation, from Dakota and Ojibwe history to the story of St. Paul's black sleeping-car porters, from lumber workers and truckers' strikes to the women's suffrage movement.

In addition to investigative articles by the state's top historians, editor Anne Aby has assembled captivating first-person accounts from key moments in Minnesota history, including George Nelson's reminiscences of his years in the early nineteenth-century fur trade; the diary of Emily Goodridge Grey, an early African American settler; and Jasper N. Searles's letters home from the Battle of First Bull Run.
 

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Contents

The Fur Trade
5
Gift Giving in the Lake Superior FurTrade
31
How Minnesota Became the 32nd State
49
The Sioux Sign a Treaty in Washington in 1858
63
The Power of Whiteness or the Life and Times of Joseph Rolette
83
A Fresh Look at Myth and Reality
120
A Minnesota Couples World War II Letters
150
Technology and Industry
169
IWW Lumber Strike in Minnesota
285
Father Haas and the Minneapolis Truckers Strike of 1934
302
Labor Politics and African American Identity in Minneapolis 19301950
316
Race and Ethnicity
335
The School at Morris 18871909
348
Knute Nelson and the Immigration Question
375
Minneapolis Jews and Employment 19201950
390
The Moys of St Paul
413

The Technology that Launched a City
188
Minnesota Rural Women
213
The Minnesotas Woman Suffrage Movement
226
The Origin of Minnesotas Nonpartisan Legislature
243
The DemocraticFarmerLabor Party Schism of 1948
272
Minnesota 19002000
433
Searching for Florence
455
Index
469
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