The State We're In: Reflections on Minnesota History Epub

The State We're In: Reflections on Minnesota History Epub

The State We're In: Reflections on Minnesota History [Reading] ➸ The State We're In: Reflections on Minnesota History By Annette Atkins – Capitalsoftworks.co.uk On the occasion of Minnesota s th anniversary of statehood, than a hundred historians and other writers assembled to discuss the subjects they had been studying, thinking, and writing about This book On We're In: Reflections on MOBI :Þ the occasion of Minnesota s th anniversary We're In: PDF Ê of statehood, 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 The State PDF \ 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 State We're In: Kindle ´ s past and its people, The State We re In demonstrates the history of this place, in all its rich complexity, before and after statehoodContributors 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 ZalarAnnette Atkins, author of Creating Minnesota, Harvest of Grief, and We Grew Up Together, teaches at Saint John s University College of Saint Benedict Deborah L Miller, reference specialist at the Minnesota Historical Society and coauthor of Potluck Paradise, is an expert on Minnesota ethnicity and community cookbooks.


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  1. Marvin Marvin says:

    The State We re In is a rich reflection of the diverse approaches to state history that are possible in the present environment from a close literary and historical analysis of some early accounts of hunting expeditions by Henry Hastings Sibley, later to become one of Minnesota s most influential citizens and its first governor there s a similar analysis of prognostications of Minnesota s future by Sibley and two other prominent Minnesotans in the 1850s , to a memoir of a flood in Marshall in 1 The State We re In is a rich reflection of the diverse approaches to state history that are possible in the present environment from a close literary and historical analysis of some early accounts of hunting expeditions by Henry Hastings Sibley, later to become one of Minnesota s most influential citizens and its first governor there s a similar analysis of prognostications of Minnesota s future by Sibley and two other prominent Minnesotans in the 1850s , to a memoir of a flood in Marshall in 1957 There s even a wonderful piece of short fiction that ends the volume, though it s not clear whether it even takes place in the past, and its setting vaguely somewhere in Minnesota is not important to the story s development This diversity makes for an apt celebration of Minnesota s sesquicentennial the volume originated in a conference held in 2008, the state s actual sesquicentennial year but it s not entirely clear what other purpose this unfocused collection of brief essays might serve That said, the rich opening essays after the editors introduction by James H Madison and Paula M Nelson, reflecting on the current state of state history from a regional Madison and local perspective are worth the price of the book While insisting on the importance of state history, Madison refuses to yield to the temptation to justify its importance by pointing to some set of images or values that midwesterners or Minnesotans or Iowans supposedly share He also cautions against a narrative of progress, comfort historythat makes us feel good about ourselves and our home place as it submerges and hides other stories that might cause discomfort 22 Nelson adds a caution against seeing humans acting in history only as part of groups the working class, Norwegians, Anglo Saxon Protestants Instead, she makes a case for a humanities based history that never forgets the essential humanity of its subjects and the commonalities that bring us together, despite race, ethnicity, religion, gender, class, and other differences 28 She also balances Madison s warning against comfort history with a cautious endorsement of exceptionalism in state and local history The exceptional, she writes, often provides powerful stories for us and can serve as motivating examples, or warnings, to those who study them 30 Otherwise, the volume includes topics and approaches for nearly every taste essays on the forgotten St Peters Treaty of 1837 and the U.S Dakota War of 1862 that harshly judge the white settlers, seconded by a personal essay by the descendant of Irish settlers who benefited from the displacement of indigenous peoples even if they did not participate directly a plea to tell and preserve stories connected to the Mississippi River scholarly perspectives on African Americans who worked in the Civilian Conservation Corps in Minnesota during the Great Depression and on baseball teams at Indian boarding schools in the early twentieth century a defense of the authenticity of the controversial Kensington Runestone a summary of the Civil War correspondence of a pair of brothers from Minnesota who had contrasting perspectives on their service in the First Minnesota Battery an apologia for a career in public history a close analysis of a seemingly simple posed office photograph from 1901 and an account of what one can learn from a close reading of local and ethnic cookbooks And this is just a sampling of the 24 essays included in the volume a rich feast for those interested in a sampler of Minnesota history and perhaps a suggestive appetizer for thoseinterested in the history of surrounding states


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10 thoughts on “The State We're In: Reflections on Minnesota History

  1. Marvin Marvin says:

    The State We re In is a rich reflection of the diverse approaches to state history that are possible in the present environment from a close literary and historical analysis of some early accounts of hunting expeditions by Henry Hastings Sibley, later to become one of Minnesota s most influential citizens and its first governor there s a similar analysis of prognostications of Minnesota s future by Sibley and two other prominent Minnesotans in the 1850s , to a memoir of a flood in Marshall in 1 The State We re In is a rich reflection of the diverse approaches to state history that are possible in the present environment from a close literary and historical analysis of some early accounts of hunting expeditions by Henry Hastings Sibley, later to become one of Minnesota s most influential citizens and its first governor there s a similar analysis of prognostications of Minnesota s future by Sibley and two other prominent Minnesotans in the 1850s , to a memoir of a flood in Marshall in 1957 There s even a wonderful piece of short fiction that ends the volume, though it s not clear whether it even takes place in the past, and its setting vaguely somewhere in Minnesota is not important to the story s development This diversity makes for an apt celebration of Minnesota s sesquicentennial the volume originated in a conference held in 2008, the state s actual sesquicentennial year but it s not entirely clear what other purpose this unfocused collection of brief essays might serve That said, the rich opening essays after the editors introduction by James H Madison and Paula M Nelson, reflecting on the current state of state history from a regional Madison and local perspective are worth the price of the book While insisting on the importance of state history, Madison refuses to yield to the temptation to justify its importance by pointing to some set of images or values that midwesterners or Minnesotans or Iowans supposedly share He also cautions against a narrative of progress, comfort historythat makes us feel good about ourselves and our home place as it submerges and hides other stories that might cause discomfort 22 Nelson adds a caution against seeing humans acting in history only as part of groups the working class, Norwegians, Anglo Saxon Protestants Instead, she makes a case for a humanities based history that never forgets the essential humanity of its subjects and the commonalities that bring us together, despite race, ethnicity, religion, gender, class, and other differences 28 She also balances Madison s warning against comfort history with a cautious endorsement of exceptionalism in state and local history The exceptional, she writes, often provides powerful stories for us and can serve as motivating examples, or warnings, to those who study them 30 Otherwise, the volume includes topics and approaches for nearly every taste essays on the forgotten St Peters Treaty of 1837 and the U.S Dakota War of 1862 that harshly judge the white settlers, seconded by a personal essay by the descendant of Irish settlers who benefited from the displacement of indigenous peoples even if they did not participate directly a plea to tell and preserve stories connected to the Mississippi River scholarly perspectives on African Americans who worked in the Civilian Conservation Corps in Minnesota during the Great Depression and on baseball teams at Indian boarding schools in the early twentieth century a defense of the authenticity of the controversial Kensington Runestone a summary of the Civil War correspondence of a pair of brothers from Minnesota who had contrasting perspectives on their service in the First Minnesota Battery an apologia for a career in public history a close analysis of a seemingly simple posed office photograph from 1901 and an account of what one can learn from a close reading of local and ethnic cookbooks And this is just a sampling of the 24 essays included in the volume a rich feast for those interested in a sampler of Minnesota history and perhaps a suggestive appetizer for thoseinterested in the history of surrounding states

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