Making Minnesota Territory, 1849-1858

Overview

In this collection of essays, historians reassess the events and meaning of Minnesota Territory 150 years after its creation. They describe how its birth in 1849 during the growing national conflict over slavery forever changed the lives of Minnesota's native and mixed-blood residents. Reinterpreting the rush to statehood in 1858, these writers offer fresh insights into the roles played by wildly optimistic territorial promoters and the no-holds-barred newspapers of the time. Eight fictional "Day in the Life" ...
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Overview

In this collection of essays, historians reassess the events and meaning of Minnesota Territory 150 years after its creation. They describe how its birth in 1849 during the growing national conflict over slavery forever changed the lives of Minnesota's native and mixed-blood residents. Reinterpreting the rush to statehood in 1858, these writers offer fresh insights into the roles played by wildly optimistic territorial promoters and the no-holds-barred newspapers of the time. Eight fictional "Day in the Life" essays, as well as nearly 100 historical daguerreotypes, paintings, photographs, and curators'-choice artifacts, call up the sights, sounds and surroundings of ordinary people living in tumultuous territorial times. An essay on surviving buildings and landscapes offers readers the opportunity to see and experience territorial Minnesota today.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780873513739
  • Publisher: Minnesota Historical Society Press
  • Publication date: 3/28/1999
  • Pages: 108
  • Sales rank: 1,303,023
  • Product dimensions: 8.50 (w) x 11.00 (h) x 0.30 (d)

Table of Contents

Preface
Territorial Imperative: How Minnesota Became the 32nd State
The Power of Whiteness, or The Life and Times of Joseph Rolette, Jr.
The Eden of the West
"Good Times, Eh?": Minnesota's Territorial Newspapers
Every Object Tells a Story
Territorial Views: Remnants of the Built Environment
Visiting Minnesota Territorial Sites
Sketches of Territorial Residents
Ojibwe
The Gens Libres
Adele Guerin
Maza Okiye Win
Cecelia O'Brien
Helen Nelson
Henry McKenty
Emily Goodridge Grey
Map Minnesota Territory
Map Indian Land Cessions and Reservations
Map Territorial Settlements
Map State Boundaries Proposed in 1857
Map Military and Preterritorial Roads
Author Notes and Credits
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