Minneapolis in the Twentieth Century: The Growth of an American City

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Today, Minneapolis is considered one of the most desirable places to live in the United States. However, like most cities, Minneapolis has its own checkered history.Iric Nathanson shines a light in dark corners of the city's past, exploring corruption that existed between the police department and city hall, brutal suppression of Depression-era unions, and reports on anti-Semitism at midcentury. Still other subjects that on the surface seem disparaging offer the city's residents an opportunity to shine. Community...
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Overview

Today, Minneapolis is considered one of the most desirable places to live in the United States. However, like most cities, Minneapolis has its own checkered history.Iric Nathanson shines a light in dark corners of the city's past, exploring corruption that existed between the police department and city hall, brutal suppression of Depression-era unions, and reports on anti-Semitism at midcentury. Still other subjects that on the surface seem disparaging offer the city's residents an opportunity to shine. Community leaders make a difference during the "long, hot summer" of 1967, when racial violence exploded across the country. Concerned neighbors guide transportation policy from more and bigger highways to forward-looking light rail transit. A forgotten riverfront is transformed into a magnet for people wishing to live and play at the site of the city's earliest successes.Nathanson skillfully tells these stories and more, always with an eye toward how noteworthy characters, plotlines, and scenes helped create the Minneapolis we know today.
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With this book, readers reap the rich bounty of Iric Nathanson's two decades of researching, teaching, and writing about the city's history. Minneapolis in the Twentieth Century is, of course, a story of urban growth and prosperity, but the author doesn't ignore the city's dark side, includung political and police corruption, union suppression, racial violence, and anti-Semitism. Nathanson brings history alive in this clearly written account, giving Minnesotans a deeper sense of their own shared past.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780873517256
  • Publisher: Minnesota Historical Society Press
  • Publication date: 11/15/2009
  • Pages: 242
  • Sales rank: 1,396,098
  • Product dimensions: 6.30 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

Iric Nathanson has written and lectured about local history for more than two decades. An instructor for the University of Minnesota's Ocher Lifelong Learning Institute, he has published essays in the Star Tribune, Minnesota History, and Hennepin History.
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