A Peculiar Imbalance: The Fall and Rise of Racial Equality in Early Minnesota

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Overview

In the 1850s, as Minnesota Territory was reaching toward statehood, settlers from the eastern United States moved in, carrying rigid perceptions of race and culture into a community built by people of many backgrounds who relied on each other for survival. History professor William Green unearths the untold stories of African Americans and contrasts their experiences with those of Indians, mixed bloods, and Irish Catholics. He demonstrates how a government built on the ideals of liberty and equality denied the rights to vote, run for office, and serve on a jury to free men fully engaged in the lives of their respective communities.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780873515863
  • Publisher: Minnesota Historical Society Press
  • Publication date: 2/28/2007
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 232
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Table of Contents


Acknowledgments     viii
Preface     ix
So Many Borders Not Observed     3
The Story of Jim Thompson     17
The Liberal Civilization     37
A Peculiar Imbalance     49
Shake the Dust from Your Armor!     71
Divided Brethren     83
The Good Indians     103
Trouble on the Levee     127
In Relief of the Reproach of Unjust Discrimination     141
The Attainable Destiny     165
"Your Race Is Now on Trial!"     173
Notes     187
Index     209
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