Minnesota: A History

Minnesota: A History

by William E. Lass

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Minnesota: A History by William E. Lass

A comprehensive history of a state thought by many to be the most livable. Minnesota evolved from many cultures. By the time the territory was formed in 1849, the first European contacts were nearly two centuries old. When Minnesota was admitted to the union in 1858, only about one-fourth of its area was occupied by white settlers. In this volume, William Lass tells the story of Minnesota from its beginnings to the present with attention to people's adaptation to Minnesota's oftentimes harsh environment. He relates the persistence and change in the traditional frontier businesses in the twentieth century and describes recent developments in Minnesota society, including rapidly increasing metropolitanism, environmental concerns, and the resurgence of conservatism in politics. Minnesota's somewhat unique political history, which featured farm protest movements and the ultimate creation of the Democratic-Farmer-Labor Party, is also discussed. This history not only provides descriptions of the essential events of Minnesota's past, but also offers an interpretation of major trends and characteristics of the state and its distinctiveness within the context of the nation's story.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780393046281
Publisher: Norton, W. W. & Company, Inc.
Publication date: 04/28/1998
Series: States and the Nation Series
Pages: 335
Product dimensions: 6.50(w) x 9.57(h) x 1.21(d)

About the Author

William E. Lass is professor of history at Mankato State University. He lives in Mankato, Minnesota.

Table of Contents

List of Illustrations
Preface
1. The Land and First People
Interlude: TheViking Myth
2. Europeans in the Wilderness
3. American Ascendancy
4. Minnesota's Quest for Empire
5. Trials of Statehood
6. Peopling the Land
7. Three Frontiers
8. A Legacy of Protest Politics
9. The Diverse Economy
10. Mainstream Politics
Notes
Suggestions for Further Reading
Index

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