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Creating Minnesota: A History from the Inside Out / Edition 1

Creating Minnesota: A History from the Inside Out / Edition 1

by Annette Atkins
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Winner of a Spur Award, presented by the Western Writers of America (WWA), for the Best Western Nonfiction Historical Book.

Renowned historian Annette Atkins presents a fresh understanding of how a complex and modern Minnesota came into being in Creating Minnesota. Each chapter of this innovative state history focuses on a telling detail, a revealing incident, or a meaningful issue that illuminates a larger event, social trends, or politics during a period in our past.

A three-act play about Minnesota's statehood vividly depicts the competing interests of Natives, traders, and politicians who lived in the same territory but moved in different worlds. Oranges are the focal point of a chapter about railroads and transportation: how did a St. Paul family manage to celebrate their 1898 Christmas with fruit that grew no closer than 1,500 miles from their home? A photo essay brings to life three communities of the 1920s, seen through the lenses of local and itinerant photographers. The much-sought state fish helps to explain the new Minnesota, where pan-fried walleye and walleye quesadillas coexist on the same north woods menu.

In Creating Minnesota, Atkins invites readers to experience the texture of people's lives through the decades, offering a fascinating and unparalleled approach to the history of our state.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780873516334
Publisher: Minnesota Historical Society Press
Publication date: 08/01/2008
Edition description: 1
Pages: 336
Sales rank: 607,798
Product dimensions: 6.90(w) x 10.00(h) x 0.90(d)

Table of Contents

Preface: The State I'm In     xi
The Shape of Water and the Feel of Trees: A South Dakotan in Minnesota     3
Dancing the Rice     11
Campbell Country     26
Playing with the Future     34
One Mixed-Blood Family Looks for Its Place     49
The War Touched Us All     61
Not Drawn to Scale     72
Making a Living, Making a Life     84
The Fairbrothers' Christmas     100
Becoming Better and Becoming American     107
The Look of the 1920s     119
Hanging on for Dear Life     170
We Never Had Enough Sugar     192
Style Comes to Staples     205
"The House That Hubert Built"     219
Walleye Quesadilla and the New Minnesota     236
Timeline: Dates Tell a Story, Too     251
Epilogue: Synecdoche     265
A Word to the Wise: Thank You     267
Notes     269
Index     303

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