Author Archives: Carrie Zeman

A Woman vs. the Patronage System, 1881

Chester A. Arthur freely dispenses the patronage favors –jobs and contracts –said to have won his appointment as Vice President. Arthur became President upon the death of ┬áJames Garfield (by assassination) six weeks after Caroline McMaster wrote the last letter … Continue reading

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Legacy of Courage and Freedom: May 22

I’ve been waiting to hear a date for Lynne Jackson’s appearance hosted by the Bloomington Human Rights Commission and am happy to pass on the invitation below. Lynne is the founder of the Dred Scott Heritage Foundation and is Scott’s … Continue reading

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“We do not loan books &c,” 1885

Postcard c. 1910. ” ‘The Joy Ride’ at the California Alligator Farm, Los Angeles, California.” The Carter Museum of American Art via Google Images. ***** Before I return J. Fletcher Williams to the file cabinet, I want to share a … Continue reading

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“Mister, haint you got no books about pirates, or killing Injuns?”

The Minnesota Historical Society’s Library-Museum in 1892 I’ve been reading the annual and biennial reports of the Minnesota Historical Society in the 19th century, most of them written by the Society’s stalwart Secretary/Librarian, J. Fletcher Williams. Williams had a high … Continue reading

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Great Week for Books

While I’ve been researching a set of Dakota War artifacts that disappeared 150 years ago, great book news has been unfolding. Catherine Denial gave A Thrilling Narrative a great review in the Spring 2013 edition of Minnesota History. Denial concludes, … Continue reading

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“The Scourge of God” Against German “Infidels”

A Native American lays down his gun at the feet of Father Francis Xavier (Franz) Pierz and literally looks up to him, while a man of European descent, kneeling, doffs his hat and bows his head. Statue unveiled in 1952, … Continue reading

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“Sins of Omission, Changes of Heart”

I love it when a new book starts out with promise. Last night I started Kathleen Fine-Dare’s Grave Injustice: The American Indian Repatriation Movement and NAGPRA (University of Nebraska Press, 2002). When I encountered this in the Preface, I had … Continue reading

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150 Years Ago: “The Prison Is One Great School”

Slate, slate pencil, and holder, 19th century Saint Anthony Min March 26, 1863 Rev. S. B. Treat My Dear Brother Your letter of the 12th inst. I have read since my reaching home last evening. I had a hard stage-trip … Continue reading

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1862 Letters From Dakota Men Condemned to be Executed

Artist’s depiction of the main Dakota prison at Mankato, MN in 1862 Today, translations of five letters written by condemned Dakota men came to hand. The letters are dated December 25, 1862, the day before the executions.┬áThe version I found … Continue reading

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The Gardner Art Heist: Solved?

I first encountered the story of the 1990 theft of masterworks from Boston’s Isabella Stewart Gardener Museum two decades after the paintings disappeared, in the “Carrie” stack of my personal bibliophile-shopper (my mom), who flagged Ulrich Boser’s The Gardner Heist: … Continue reading

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