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North country [electronic resource] : the making of Minnesota /
Mary Lethert Wingerd ; illustrations compiled and annotated by Kirsten Delegard.
imprint
Minneapolis : University of Minnesota Press, c2010.
description
xvii, 449 p., [128] p. of plates : ill. (some col.), maps (some col.) 27 cm
ISBN
9780816648689 (hardcover : alk. paper)
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Book
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imprint
Minneapolis : University of Minnesota Press, c2010.
isbn
9780816648689 (hardcover : alk. paper)
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Licensed for access by U. of T. users.
contents note
Prologue: True north -- The fortunate land -- Cultural crossroads -- Geographies of dominion -- Shifting ground -- Highway to the north -- A world unraveling -- Drawing boundaries -- Civilized pursuits -- Playing for power -- The roads to war -- Cataclysm on the Minnesota -- Epilogue: Pasts remembered, pasts forgotten.
catalogue key
11952253
 
Includes bibliographical references ( p. 408-426) and index.
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Full Text Reviews
Appeared in Choice on 2011-01-01:
Published two years after Minnesota's sesquicentennial, this book is an apt reprise of some of the historical themes that are discussed publicly during commemoration years, as well as a tonic against romanticized historical notions of European settlement. Covering the period in Minnesota's history up to 1858, Wingerd (St. Cloud State Univ.) does a masterful job of keeping the writing lively and descriptive while explaining the nature of relations between early European settlers and Native Americans. Like other recent historical writings about this period, this book provides a more complex view of the relationships that characterized the fur-trade years--a period that saw a weaker European presence attempting to form kinship and trading relationships with Native peoples. Maps and extensive color plates. Summing Up: Highly recommended. All levels/libraries. T. Dolence Minnesota State University Moorhead
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Mary Lethert Wingerd unlocks the complex origins of the Minnesota - origins that have often been ignored in favour of legend and a far more benign narrative of immigration, settlement, and cultural exchange.
Main Description
In 1862, four years after Minnesota was ratified as the thirty-second state in the Union, simmering tensions between indigenous Dakota and white settlers culminated in the violent, six-week-long U.S.–Dakota War. Hundreds of lives were lost on both sides, and the war ended with the execution of thirty-eight Dakotas on December 26, 1862, in Mankato, Minnesota-the largest mass execution in American history. The following April, after suffering a long internment at Fort Snelling, the Dakota and Winnebago peoples were forcefully removed to South Dakota, precipitating the near destruction of the area’s native communities while simultaneously laying the foundation for what we know and recognize today as Minnesota. In North Country: The Making of Minnesota , Mary Lethert Wingerd unlocks the complex origins of the state-origins that have often been ignored in favor of legend and a far more benign narrative of immigration, settlement, and cultural exchange. Moving from the earliest years of contact between Europeans and the indigenous peoples of the western Great Lakes region to the era of French and British influence during the fur trade and beyond, Wingerd charts how for two centuries prior to official statehood Native people and Europeans in the region maintained a hesitant, largely cobeneficial relationship. Founded on intermarriage, kinship, and trade between the two parties, this racially hybridized society was a meeting point for cultural and economic exchange until the western expansion of American capitalism and violation of treaties by the U.S. government during the 1850s wore sharply at this tremulous bond, ultimately leading to what Wingerd calls Minnesota’s Civil War. A cornerstone text in the chronicle of Minnesota’s history, Wingerd’s narrative is augmented by more than 170 illustrations chosen and described by Kirsten Delegard in comprehensive captions that depict the fascinating, often haunting representations of the region and its inhabitants over two and a half centuries. North Country is the unflinching account of how the land the Dakota named Mini Sota Makoce became the State of Minnesota and of the people who have called it, at one time or another, home.
Main Description
In 1862, four years after Minnesota was ratified as the thirty-second state in the Union, simmering tensions between indigenous Dakota and white settlers culminated in the violent, six-week-long U.S.Dakota War. Hundreds of lives were lost on both sides, and the war ended with the execution of thirty-eight Dakotas on December 26, 1862, in Mankato, Minnesota-the largest mass execution in American history. The following April, after suffering a long internment at Fort Snelling, the Dakota and Winnebago peoples were forcefully removed to South Dakota, precipitating the near destruction of the area's native communities while simultaneously laying the foundation for what we know and recognize today as Minnesota. In North Country: The Making of Minnesota , Mary Lethert Wingerd unlocks the complex origins of the state-origins that have often been ignored in favor of legend and a far more benign narrative of immigration, settlement, and cultural exchange. Moving from the earliest years of contact between Europeans and the indigenous peoples of the western Great Lakes region to the era of French and British influence during the fur trade and beyond, Wingerd charts how for two centuries prior to official statehood Native people and Europeans in the region maintained a hesitant, largely cobeneficial relationship. Founded on intermarriage, kinship, and trade between the two parties, this racially hybridized society was a meeting point for cultural and economic exchange until the western expansion of American capitalism and violation of treaties by the U.S. government during the 1850s wore sharply at this tremulous bond, ultimately leading to what Wingerd calls Minnesota's Civil War. A cornerstone text in the chronicle of Minnesota's history, Wingerd's narrative is augmented by more than 170 illustrations chosen and described by Kirsten Delegard in comprehensive captions that depict the fascinating, often haunting representations of the region and its inhabitants over two and a half centuries. North Country is the unflinching account of how the land the Dakota named Mini Sota Makoce became the State of Minnesota and of the people who have called it, at one time or another, home.
Main Description
In 1862, four years after Minnesota was ratified as the thirty-second state in the Union, simmering tensions between indigenous Dakota and white settlers culminated in the violent, six-week-long U.S.Dakota War. Hundreds of lives were lost on both sides, and the war ended with the execution of thirty-eight Dakotas on December 26, 1862, in Mankato, Minnesotathe largest mass execution in American history. The following April, after suffering a long internment at Fort Snelling, the Dakota and Winnebago peoples were forcefully removed to South Dakota, precipitating the near destruction of the area's native communities while simultaneously laying the foundation for what we know and recognize today as Minnesota.In North Country: The Making of Minnesota, Mary Lethert Wingerd unlocks the complex origins of the stateorigins that have often been ignored in favor of legend and a far more benign narrative of immigration, settlement, and cultural exchange. Moving from the earliest years of contact between Europeans and the indigenous peoples of the western Great Lakes region to the era of French and British influence during the fur trade and beyond, Wingerd charts how for two centuries prior to official statehood Native people and Europeans in the region maintained a hesitant, largely cobeneficial relationship. Founded on intermarriage, kinship, and trade between the two parties, this racially hybridized society was a meeting point for cultural and economic exchange until the western expansion of American capitalism and violation of treaties by the U.S. government during the 1850s wore sharply at this tremulous bond, ultimately leading to what Wingerd calls Minnesota's Civil War.A cornerstone text in the chronicle of Minnesota's history, Wingerd's narrative is augmented by more than 170 illustrations that depict the fascinating, often haunting representations of the region and its inhabitants over two and a half centuries.North Countryis the unflinching account of how the land the Dakota named Mini Sota Makoce became the State of Minnesota and of the people who have called it, at one time or another, home.

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