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One hundred years of remarkable Minnesota stories are brought together for the first time in Minnesota’s Twentieth Century. A collection of writings and interviews that originated with the popular feature “A Century of Stories” in the St. Paul Pioneer Press, this book reveals the progress of a courageous, industrious people and their changing state. In Minnesota’s Twentieth Century, we read personal stories: of the Prohibition-era cab driver selling moonshine on the streets of St. Paul; of the Hill sisters’ struggle to survive the Great Depression in western Minnesota; of the effects of two generation-defining World Wars; of the “Iron Lady,” influential Chisholm journalist Veda Ponikvar; of Clarence Forester of north Minneapolis, who fought in the Spanish Civil War; of the Vietnam War, and its meaning to a soldier returning home in 1968 and to a war-torn relocated Vietnamese family; and of the experiences of the state’s most prominent politicians, renowned athletes, and notorious criminals. We also read of the century’s tragedies and social dramas: the Milford Mine disaster of 1924, racial discrimination and the struggle for equality, and the farm crisis of the past two decades and its continuing effect on Minnesota’s rural communities. Lavishly illustrating these recollections are indelible images—contemporary photographs of the storytellers, as well as historical views of street scenes, prohibition arrests, and landscapes—that reflect the transformations of the past one hundred years. Minnesota’s Twentieth Century is rich with the sound of Minnesota voices. It is a book for history buffs, lovers of regional lore, and anyone who is moved by vivid tales of hardship and heroism, happiness and humor-a perfect end-of-the-century memento for Minnesota readers. Published by the University of Minnesota Press in cooperation with the St. Paul Pioneer Press.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
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  1. Title Page, Copyright, Dedication
  2. pp. i-vi
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  1. Contents
  2. pp. vii-viii
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  1. Acknowledgments
  2. pp. ix-x
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  1. Prologue: The Special Feeling We Had
  2. pp. xi-xvi
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  1. INTRODUCTION: RAPIDS IN THE STREAM OF TIME: The Dawn of the Twentieth Century, 1901
  2. pp. 3-10
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  1. THE LAST HANGING: The Gottschalk and Williams Murder Cases, 1905
  2. pp. 11-18
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  1. UNSAFE FOR DEMOCRACY: The World War I Loyalty Crusade, 1917
  2. pp. 19-28
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  1. PEACE AND DEATH: The Influenza Pandemic, 1918
  2. pp. 29-36
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  1. A LOT OF PREACHERS, A LOT OF GANGSTERS: Prohibition, 1920
  2. pp. 37-44
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  1. THE MOST ATROCIOUS CRIME: The Duluth Lynchings, 1920
  2. pp. 45-54
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  1. SAVE YOUR BREATH AND START CLIMBING: The Milford Mine Disaster, 1924
  2. pp. 55-62
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  1. ANOTHER COUNTRY: Life on and off the Reservation
  2. pp. 63-72
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  1. DUST BOWL SISTERS: The Great Depression, 1934
  2. pp. 73-82
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  1. GREAT GOVERNORS: Johnson, Olson, and Stassen
  2. pp. 83-94
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  1. A HAVE-NOT'S WAR: The Spanish Civil War, 1937–38
  2. pp. 95-102
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  1. LOST ISLAND: Isle Royale Fishing
  2. pp. 103-112
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  1. BARBED-WIRE WARRIORS: The POWs' Secret War, 1943–45
  2. pp. 113-122
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  1. IRON LADY: The Voice of the Range
  2. pp. 123-132
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  1. ARE YOU COLORED?: Discrimination and Progress
  2. pp. 133-140
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  1. WHERE THE ACTION WAS: Wars Hot and Cold
  2. pp. 141-148
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  1. A CERTAIN DISTANCE: "The Sixties"
  2. pp. 149-156
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  1. SOLDIER'S HEART: Vietnam, 1968
  2. pp. 157-166
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  1. WHO THE HELL IS KEN DAHLBERG?: Watergate, 1972
  2. pp. 167-176
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  1. ON EAGLE'S WINGS: The Long Journey of a Hockey Legend
  2. pp. 177-186
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  1. HAUNTED EXILES: Saigon to Minneapolis
  2. pp. 187-196
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  1. ROOT CAUSES: The Farm Crisis That Never Ended
  2. pp. 197-205
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  1. About the Author
  2. pp. 206-206
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Additional Information

ISBN
9780816652976
Related ISBN
9780816634293
MARC Record
OCLC
191936361
Pages
224
Launched on MUSE
2015-01-01
Language
English
Open Access
No
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