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North Star State
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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.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
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  1. Title Page, Copyright
  2. pp. i-iv
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  1. Contents
  2. pp. v-vii
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  1. Preface
  2. pp. ix-xiii
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  1. Foreword: Discovering the Universe of Home
  2. pp. xv-xxv
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  1. THE FUR TRADE
  2. pp. 3-4
  1. The Story of the Grand Portage
  2. pp. 5-14
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  1. George Nelson’s Fur Trade Reminiscences, 1802–1803
  2. pp. 15-28
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  1. Gift Giving in the Lake Superior Fur Trade
  2. pp. 29-45
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  1. BECOMING A STATE
  2. pp. 47-48
  1. Territorial Imperative: How Minnesota Became the 32nd State
  2. pp. 49-62
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  1. The Sioux Sign a Treaty in Washington in 1858
  2. pp. 63-82
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  1. The Power of Whiteness Or, the Life and Times of Joseph Rolette Jr.
  2. pp. 83-105
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  1. WAR
  2. pp. 107-108
  1. “Indeed We Did Fight”: A Soldier’s Letters from the First Battle of Bull Run
  2. pp. 109-119
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  1. Myrick’s Insult: A Fresh Look at Myth and Reality
  2. pp. 120-131
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  1. Anti-Germanism in Minnesota Schools, 1917–1919
  2. pp. 132-149
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  1. A Minnesota Couple’s World War II Letters
  2. pp. 150-165
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  1. TECHNOLOGY & INDUSTRY
  2. pp. 167-168
  1. A Pioneer Businessman: The Letters of Wenzel Petran
  2. pp. 169-180
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  1. The Historic and Geographic Importance of Railroads in Minnesota
  2. pp. 181-187
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  1. The Technology that Launched a City
  2. pp. 188-196
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  1. WOMEN
  2. pp. 197-198
  1. Farmers,Warriors,Traders: A Fresh Look at Ojibwe Women
  2. pp. 199-212
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  1. In or Out of the Historical Kitchen?: Minnesota Rural Women
  2. pp. 213-225
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  1. Organizing for the Vote: The Minnesota’s Woman Suffrage Movement
  2. pp. 226-239
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  1. POLITICS & LAW
  2. pp. 241-242
  1. The Origin of Minnesota’s Nonpartisan Legislature
  2. pp. 243-254
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  1. The Minnesota Gag Law and the Fourteenth Amendment
  2. pp. 255-271
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  1. The Democratic-Farmer-Labor Party Schism of 1948
  2. pp. 272-281
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  1. LABOR
  2. pp. 283-284
  1. Revolt of the “Timber Beasts”: IWW Lumber Strike in Minnesota
  2. pp. 285-301
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  1. Father Haas and the Minneapolis Truckers’ Strike of 1934
  2. pp. 302-315
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  1. Labor, Politics, and African American Identity in Minneapolis, 1930–1950
  2. pp. 316-332
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  1. RACE & ETHNICITY
  2. pp. 333-334
  1. Race and Segregation in St. Paul’s Public Schools, 1846–1869
  2. pp. 335-347
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  1. Indian Education and Bureaucracy:The School at Morris, 1887–1909
  2. pp. 348-374
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  1. Knute Nelson and the Immigration Question
  2. pp. 375-389
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  1. “Gentiles Preferred”: Minneapolis Jews and Employment, 1920–1950
  2. pp. 390-409
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  1. MAKING HISTORY
  2. pp. 411-412
  1. Mirrored Identities: The Moys of St. Paul
  2. pp. 413-432
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  1. Walk a Century in My Shoes:Minnesota 1900–2000
  2. pp. 433-453
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  1. Searching for Florence
  2. pp. 454-462
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  1. Contributors
  2. pp. 463-467
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 469-486
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