Category Archives: Little Crow

“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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“Let Them Eat Grass” Revisited

Andrew Myrick insulted Dakota people the summer of 1862. What he said, and what he meant, have been matters of debate for a century. Last summer, just in time to update A Trilling Narrative before it went into production, I … Continue reading

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Little Crow Series in the Star Tribune

Friday August 10, 2012 Minneapolis Star Tribune journalist Curt Brown appeared on Twin Cities Public Television’s Almanac show in a preview of a six-part Dakota War story set to unfold daily in the Star Tribune, Sunday, August 12 through Friday August 17, 2012. … Continue reading

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Children, Trauma, and Memory

In Part I of this series, But Is It True?, I suggested a couple of research techniques scholars routinely use to fact-check stories. The story, in this case, is about Little Crow’s death as related by Mary Elizabeth Lamson, whose … Continue reading

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Lamson’s Daughter Tells the Story of Little Crow’s Death

Researching the beam story, I strayed upon a new telling of the story of Little Crow’s death related by Nathan Lamson’s daughter, Mary Elizabeth. Mary was 57 in 1913 when her story appeared in the Mankato Free Press on December … Continue reading

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