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.
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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