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Army Officers and Dakota Women on the Minnesota Frontier, Part 3

      General Eli Lundy Huggins (left) and General John J. Pershing (right), whom Huggins used as an example of the practice of army officers fathering children with women native to the place where the officer was garrisoned. In … Continue reading

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38 Nooses by Scott W. Berg: a review

38 Nooses: Lincoln, Little Crow and the Beginning of the Frontier’s End by Scott W. Berg. Pantheon Books, New York, 2012. 364 pages. $27.95 reviewed by Margaret J. Thomas, Minneapolis, Minnesota Twin Cities native Scott W. Berg is currently on the faculty … 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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Minnesota Slavery is News

Did you catch Amy Goetzman’s February 22, 2012 MinnPost interview with Walt Bachman? Walt Bachman, author of Northern Slave Black Dakota: The Life and Times of Joseph Godfrey ““In Minnesota, there were never large gangs of farm workers, or auction … Continue reading

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First Anniversary

When I began this blog a year ago, I didn’t really know what I was doing or what niche it might fill in the research world. I only knew that marketing people advised authors to blog and with A Thrilling … Continue reading

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Cognitive Dissidence

Pause and think about that :). You never know when you might self-righteously throw down a book and stomp to your computer, even madder that you gave away that great textbook on logic ten years ago, so now you have … 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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Follow the Money: August 2, 1862

My primary source offering today is actually dated August 2, not August 12, 1862. But it is a companion source to tomorrow’s letter dated August 13. Listen in as officials in Washington D.C. pass the buck on the subject of … Continue reading

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Clubs, Hatchets, Knives and Beams, Part 4

Part four in a seven-part series on European American/Native American War Artifacts and the Ethics of Display by Zabelle Stodola, professor of literature and cultural studies at the University of Arkansas, Little Rock. The series begins here. Part 4: Hannah Dustan: Commemoration … 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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