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State We're In
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On the occasion of Minnesota’s 150th anniversary of statehood, more than a hundred historians and other writers assembled to discuss the subjects they had been studying, thinking, and writing about. This book presents the best of that work, including nineteen essays on topics as varied as baseball at Native American boarding schools, nineteenth-century predictions for Minnesota’s future, Native American tourist goods, the Kensington rune stone, and a memoir of growing up in Marshall. Bringing together some of the most recent and best thinking about Minnesota’s past and its people, The State We’re In demonstrates the history of this place, in all its rich complexity, before and after statehood. Contributors include Melodie Andrews, Annette Atkins, Marge Barrett, Matt Callahan, Emily Ganzel, Linda LeGarde Grover, Louis Jenkins, David J. Laliberte, James Madison, J. Thomas Murphy, Nora Murphy, Traci M. Nathans-Kelly, Paula Nelson, Patrick Nunnally, Linda Schloff, Gregory Schroeder, Hamp Smith, Barbara W. Sommer, Tangi Villerbu, Howard J. Vogel, Steven Werle, Bill Wittenbreer, and Michael Zalar.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
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  1. Title Page, Copyright Page
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  1. Contents
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  1. Welcome to Minnesota: The State We're In
  2. pp. 3-17
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  1. State History in Regional Perspective
  2. pp. 18-24
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  1. State History in Local Perspective
  2. pp. 25-32
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  1. Memory
  2. pp. 33-34
  1. Remembering Our Past
  2. pp. 35-38
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  1. The Myth of the "Forgotten" Treaty: Traditions about the st. Peters Treaty of 1837
  2. pp. 39-49
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  1. The U.S. Dakota-War in Public Memory and Public Space: Mankato's Journey Toward Reconciliation
  2. pp. 50-60
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  1. Telling River Stories: The Mississippi River Runs Through All of Us
  2. pp. 61-68
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  1. The Maples: Is This Land My Land?
  2. pp. 69-84
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  1. The Flood
  2. pp. 85-96
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  1. Up North
  2. pp. 97-98
  1. Duluth
  2. pp. 99-100
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  1. The History of Duluth as I Recall It
  2. pp. 101-101
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  1. Kosher with a Modern Tinge: Two Generations of Jewish Women in Virginia, Minnesota, 1894–1945
  2. pp. 102-117
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  1. The Stone Tomahawk: Ojibwe Tradition, Resourcefulness, and Survival in Northeastern Minnesota
  2. pp. 118-133
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  1. "We Had This Opportunity": African Americans and the Civilian Conservation Corps in Minnesota
  2. pp. 134-157
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  1. The Case of the Inept Forger
  2. pp. 158-170
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  1. Identity
  2. pp. 171-172
  1. Early Catholic Minnesota: New Sources and New Questions
  2. pp. 173-195
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  1. "To Sound My Trumpet": Henry Hastings Sibley, Minnesota, and the Rise of a National Identity
  2. pp. 196-210
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  1. The Christie Brothers' Civil War: A Reflection of Minnesota's Experience
  2. pp. 211-231
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  1. Baseball at Native American Boarding Schools in Minnesota: A History
  2. pp. 232-242
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  1. Method
  2. pp. 243-244
  1. The Public Side of History: Museums, the Recent Past and Possible future
  2. pp. 245-258
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  1. Thawing a Frozen Moment: A Photograph and the Diary That Brought It to Life
  2. pp. 259-270
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  1. Embracing Compiled Cookbooks as Historical Documents
  2. pp. 271-280
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  1. Looking Forward: Mid-Nineteenth-Century Predictions for Minnesota's future
  2. pp. 281-294
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  1. Eden
  2. pp. 295-318
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  1. Biographies
  2. pp. 319-324
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 325-336
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  1. Picture Credits
  2. pp. 337-337
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