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Creating Minnesota: A History from the Inside Out Paperback – August 1, 2008
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Atkins's approach is that of a seasoned historian who approaches her topic with sensitivity and intelligence. She is aware of her own limits as a historian and the ways her identification as a white, female, South Dakotan can affect her narrative. Furthermore, she does not shy away from the existential questions that any good historian must ask: Why do we study history? Who are we studying when we study history and how do we decide that they are the ones worth studying? How does our position in the narrative affect how we look at history?
But Atkins is not all academic theorizing, however valuable such theorizing may be. Her writing is readable, smart, and often funny. She plays with format in this book by telling the story of Minnesota by turns in broad strokes, with specific case studies, and in the form of a one-act play (an experiment that sometimes works and sometimes doesn't). What is most striking about her work is the humanity that comes forth when reading her stories. Glancing over the section of pictures, I am struck by the faces of the individuals who once called Minnesota home. Their stories are the ones that Atkins strives to tell in one way or another and, in my opinion, she exceeds all expectations.
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One of my favorite history reads in a while! The way that the author uses small, specific stories to explain larger movements in the state is remarkable. Read morePublished 10 months ago by M. Caleb Murphree
Excellent popular history of Minnesota - emphasis on social history, less on politics (with the exception of a good chapter on Humphrey and the DFL). Nicely written. Read morePublished on January 28, 2013 by Robert Entenmann
Creating Minnesota has over two chapters about the Campbell Family. It also contains genealogy information on many of the mixed blood families in Minnesota in the early 1800s. Read morePublished on July 29, 2009 by Jackie M. Hahn