Category Archives: Opinion

History Is a Fun House Mirror

Before I began writing history, I loved reading it: the feeling that a good history book was a window I could look through to see the past. But actually doing history is more like looking into a fun house mirror: … Continue reading

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Other Wise

Odobenus rosmarus Daughter, beginning student of Latin: “Mom, does that mean the walrus smells good?” ***** Recently, I heard a scholar explain his inability to supply information with what I think of as the “oral history excuse:” knowledge on that subject … Continue reading

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Racial Profiling: 11 years after 9/11, 150 years after 1862

Pop history in the wake of 9/11: Showtime’s Emmy Award-nominated miniseries ran for two seasons in 2005 and 2006: “Sleeper Cell takes you behind the veil of terror networks and into the minds of the agents trying to stop them.”  … Continue reading

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What’s Missing

Dakota quilled moccasins. The Minnesota Historical Society. In the process of designing the new 1862 exhibit at the History Center in St. Paul, the Minnesota Historical Society stuck its neck out. You know the old joke: What happens when you … Continue reading

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Irish Catholics Were “Heathen,” Too

guest post by Lois Glewwe You never know what you might find while searching for a historic figure on the Internet. I was looking for R. McQuestern, who was mentioned in Robert Cressell’s little book  Among the Sioux: A Story … Continue reading

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The 19 foot by 9 inch Splinter

This week I finished my first-pass research  on the execution artifacts, including my findings on the beam reputed to be from the gallows that executed 38 Dakota men in Mankato in 1862:  Execution Artifacts Report in PDF form, “A Veiled Cabinet of … Continue reading

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What We See is What We Think We See

In history, as in life, what we see is what we think. Or maybe more precisely, what we see is what we think we see. Have you ever brought home a piece of fruit from the grocery store only to … Continue reading

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