Popular History of Minnesota

ISBN-10: 0873515323
ISBN-13: 9780873515320
Edition: 2005
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Description: What do Paul Bunyan, Charles Lindbergh, and Jesse Ventura have in common--Minnesota, of course! In A Popular History of Minnesota, historian Norman K. Risjord offers a grand tour of the state's remarkable history, taking readers through the  More...

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Book details

List price: $19.95
Copyright year: 2005
Publisher: Minnesota Historical Society Press
Publication date: 3/1/2005
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 256
Size: 6.00" wide x 8.75" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 1.078
Language: English

What do Paul Bunyan, Charles Lindbergh, and Jesse Ventura have in common--Minnesota, of course! In A Popular History of Minnesota, historian Norman K. Risjord offers a grand tour of the state's remarkable history, taking readers through the centuries and into the lives of those colorful characters who populate Minnesota's past. This highly readable volume details everything from the glacial formation of the land to the arrival of the Dakota and the Ojibwe people, from Minnesota's contributions to the Northern cause during the Civil War to the key players in reform politics who helped sculpt the identity of the state today. A Popular History of Minnesota highlights the historical significance of Minnesota's natural resources--the bountiful north woods, the treasured iron ranges, the impressive Mississippi waterfall on which the Mill City was built. It details the powerful marks left on the state by such luminous figures as Oliver H. Kelley, founder of the national Grange movement, Hubert H. Humphrey, champion of civil rights, and Betty Crocker, aid to homemakers everywhere. Lively sidebars outline noteworthy subjects, from the Kensington runestone to the devastating forest fires of the 1890s and 1910s, from the rise of the Mayo Clinic to the preservation of the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness. Handy Traveler's Guides highlight historic destinations for readers who enjoy seeing where history happened. Fast-paced and informative, with generous illustrations, A Popular History of Minnesota is a must-read for newcomers and established Minnesotans alike.

Risjord, A Popular History of Minnesota Preface
Of Ice and Early Man
Explorers and Fur Traders
From Wilderness to Statehood
Minnesota's Two-Front Civil War
Empires in Green: Prairies, Pine Forests, and Iron Mountains
The Age of Reform: Grangers-Populists-Progressives
The Birth of a Liberal Tradition, 1916-1940
Maverick in the Mainstream, 1940-2002
Snapshots on the Path to the Present
Suggestions for Further Reading
Index

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