The North Star State: A Minnesota History Reader

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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. From the quintessential to the quirky, from the panoramic to the particular, these essays tell a fascinating history of our state.Culled from the best of the award-winning Minnesota History Magazine, the essays in THE NORTH STAR STATE are arranged in sections that focus on a particular aspect of life and culture, including race and ethnicity, politics and law, industry, war, labour, education, and other areas of inquiry central to understanding our state's unique history. These engaging sections invite readers to dip into topics of interest or read from cover to cover. Every article is thoroughly annotated and indexed, and a timeline quickly places the major events of the book into their proper context. Equally ideal as a gift or as a classroom companion, THE NORTH STAR STATE is excellent as an introduction to the state's history or as a compendium for the serious scholar. Contributors include Gary Clayton Anderson, Annette Atkins, Solon J Buck, Priscilla K Buffalohead, Benjamin Filene, Sherri Gebert Fuller, Rhoda Gilman, William D Green, Grace Lee Nute, Barbara Stuhler, and Bruce M White.

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

The Technology that Launched a City
Minnesota Rural Women
The Minnesotas Woman Suffrage Movement
The Origin of Minnesotas Nonpartisan Legislature
The DemocraticFarmerLabor Party Schism of 1948
Minnesota 19002000
Searching for Florence

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