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The State Were In [Reading] ➿ The State Were In By Annette Atkins – On the occasion of Minnesota’s 150th anniversary of statehood than a hundred historians and other writers assembled to discuss the subjects they had been studying thinking and writing about This boo On the occasion of Minnesota’s th anniversary of statehood than a hundred historians and other writers assembled to discuss the subjects they had been studying thinking and writing about This book presents the best of that work including nineteen essays on topics as varied as baseball at Native American boarding schools The State PDF \ nineteenth century predictions for Minnesota’s future Native American tourist goods the Kensington rune stone and a memoir of growing up in Marshall Bringing together some of the most recent and best thinking about Minnesota’s past and its people The State We’re In demonstrates the history of this place in all its rich complexity before and after statehoodContributors include Melodie Andrews Annette Atkins Marge Barrett Matt Callahan Emily Ganzel Linda LeGarde Grover Louis Jenkins David J Laliberte James Madison J Thomas Murphy Nora Murphy Traci M Nathans Kelly Paula Nelson Patrick Nunnally Linda Schloff Gregory Schroeder Hamp Smith Barbara W Sommer Tangi Villerbu Howard J Vogel Steven Werle Bill Wittenbreer and Michael ZalarAnnette Atkins author of Creating Minnesota Harvest of Grief and We Grew Up Together teaches at Saint John’s UniversityCollege of Saint Benedict Deborah L Miller reference specialist at the Minnesota Historical Society and coauthor of Potluck Paradise is an expert on Minnesota ethnicity and community cookbooks.

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  1. Marvin Marvin says:

    The State We’re In is a rich reflection of the diverse approaches to state history that are possible in the present environment—from a close literary and historical analysis of some early accounts of hunting expeditions by Henry Hastings Sibley later to become one of Minnesota’s most influential citizens and its first governor there’s a similar analysis of prognostications of Minnesota’s future by Sibley and two other prominent Minnesotans in the 1850s to a memoir of a flood in Marshall in 1957 There’s even a wonderful piece of short fiction that ends the volume though it’s not clear whether it even takes place in the past and its setting vaguely somewhere in Minnesota is not important to the story’s development This diversity makes for an apt celebration of Minnesota’s sesuicentennial — the volume originated in a conference held in 2008 the state’s actual sesuicentennial year — but it’s not entirely clear what other purpose this unfocused collection of brief essays might serve That said the rich opening essays after the editors’ introduction by James H Madison and Paula M Nelson reflecting on the current state of state history from a regional Madison and local perspective are worth the price of the book While insisting on the importance of state history Madison refuses to yield to the temptation to justify its importance by pointing to some set of images or values that midwesterners or Minnesotans or Iowans supposedly share He also cautions against a narrative of progress “comfort history that makes us feel good about ourselves and our home place as it submerges and hides other stories that might cause discomfort” 22 Nelson adds a caution against seeing humans acting in history only as part of groups the working class Norwegians Anglo Saxon Protestants Instead she makes a case for a “humanities based history that never forgets the essential humanity of its subjects and the commonalities that bring us together despite race ethnicity religion gender class and other differences” 28 She also balances Madison’s warning against “comfort history” with a cautious endorsement of “exceptionalism” in state and local history “The ‘exceptional’” she writes “often provides powerful stories for us and can serve as motivating examples or warnings to those who study them” 30 Otherwise the volume includes topics and approaches for nearly every taste essays on the “forgotten” St Peters Treaty of 1837 and the US–Dakota War of 1862 that harshly judge the white settlers seconded by a personal essay by the descendant of Irish settlers who benefited from the displacement of indigenous peoples even if they did not participate directly; a plea to tell and preserve stories connected to the Mississippi River; scholarly perspectives on African Americans who worked in the Civilian Conservation Corps in Minnesota during the Great Depression and on baseball teams at Indian boarding schools in the early twentieth century; a defense of the authenticity of the controversial Kensington Runestone; a summary of the Civil War correspondence of a pair of brothers from Minnesota who had contrasting perspectives on their service in the First Minnesota Battery; an apologia for a career in public history; a close analysis of a seemingly simple posed office photograph from 1901; and an account of what one can learn from a close reading of local and ethnic cookbooks And this is just a sampling of the 24 essays included in the volume—a rich feast for those interested in a sampler of Minnesota history and perhaps a suggestive appetizer for those interested in the history of surrounding states

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