Minnesota's Identity illustrates the pressures and choices Minnesotans
have faced in their 150-year history. State and national events
have affected Minnesota's social, political, and economic paths.
Minnesotans have shared the nation's prosperity and its depressions.
A landscape of 15,000 lakes, prairie soils, the North Woods, and
the Mesabi iron range also makes this history unique, as does an
ever-changing ethnic composition. The state's history is a chaotic
tapestry of diverse voices, intense political passions, divergent
social forces, and distinct geographical arenas, all of which helped
shape the identity of its people and the political direction of
book is a Minnesota
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A lifelong resident of the state, Steven J. Keillor earned his PhD
in History at the University of Minnesota. He has written biographies
of two Minnesota governors-one of a Republican (Knute Nelson) and
one of a Farmer-Laborite and DFLer (Hjalmar Petersen). The Minnesota
Historical Society published his history of the state's rural cooperatives,
as well as a memoir of a First-Minnesota soldier in the Civil War
that he edited. He has also written about the Grand Excursion of
1854 and the history of the city of Rochester. He teaches Minnesota
history at Bethel University in St. Paul. Keillor has three children
and two grandchildren, and he resides with his wife Margaret in
Askov, Minnesota. Visit Steven Keillor's Web site at www.stevekeillor.com.
pages, 2008, 6" x 9", hardcover