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Massacre in Minnesota: The Dakota War of 1862, the Most Violent Ethnic Conflict in American History

Reviewer: Mary Lethert Wingerd

Massacre in Minnesota: The Dakota War of 1862, the Most Violent Ethnic Conflict in American History Gary Clayton Anderson Norman, OK: University of Oklahoma Press, 2019 384 pages; hardcover, 42 b&w illustrations, 2 maps, $32.95 Did we really need another book about the Dakota War? My response…

Swede Hollow: A Novel

Reviewer: Laurie Murphy

Swede Hollow: A Novel Author: Ola Larsmo; Translated by Tiina Nunnally Minneapolis, MN: University of Minnesota Press, Translation copyright 2019 312 pages; cloth/jacket; 1 b&w photo; $26.95 As a rule, Ramsey County Historical Society, does not review historical fiction. But we were curious about Ola Larsmo’s Swede Hollow…

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A Life on the Middle West’s Never-Ending Frontier

Reviewer: Meredith Cummings

A Life on the Middle West’s Never-Ending Frontier Willard L. “Sandy” Boyd Iowa City: University of Iowa Press, 2019 394 pages; hard cover; 22 b&w photos; $35 A Life on the Middle West’s Never Ending Frontier is a well-written and sometimes humorous and self-deprecating memoir by St. Paul native…

Images of America: Downtown St. Paul

Reviewer: Bob Muschewske

Images of America: Downtown St. Paul Author: Iric Nathanson Mount Pleasant, SC: Arcadia Publishing, 2019 128 pages; soft cover; photos; $22.95 If you are a St. Paul history buff and enjoy viewing historic images, you will want to have a copy of Iric Nathanson’s new book, Downtown St. Paul.

Diesel Heart: An Autobiography

Reviewer: Mary Lethert Wingerd

Diesel Heart: An Autobiography Author: Melvin Whitfield Carter, Jr. St. Paul, MN: Minnesota Historical Society Press, 2019 256 pages; soft cover; 27 b&w photos; $17.95 Melvin Carter and I both grew up in Saint Paul in the 1950s and ’60s. But Carter’s hometown was a world away…

Metropolitan Dreams: The Scandalous Rise and Stunning Fall of a Minneapolis Masterpiece

Reviewer: Alan K. Lathrop

Metropolitan Dreams: The Scandalous Rise and Stunning Fall of a Minneapolis Masterpiece Author: Larry Millett Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press, 2018 248 pages; hardcover/cloth jacket; 140 b&w photos; $29.95 Larry Millett, author of Metropolitan Dreams: The Scandalous Rise and Stunning Fall of a Minneapolis Masterpiece, has done an…

The Crusade for Forgotten Souls: Reforming Minnesota’s Mental Institutions, 1946–1954

Reviewer: Gary Gleason

The Crusade for Forgotten Souls: Reforming Minnesota’s Mental Institutions, 1946–1954 Susan Bartlett Foote Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press, 2018 312 pages; soft cover; photos; $22.95 Susan Bartlett Foote has written an impressive book that combines a great story and exhaustive research about the early years of social…

The Scott Collection: Minnesota’s Black Community in the ’50s, ’60s, and ’70s

Reviewer: Earl Ross

The Scott Collection: Minnesota’s Black Community in the ’50s, ’60s, and ’70s Author: Walter R. Scott Sr. Introduction by Anthony R. Scott; Preface by Chaunda L. Scott; Foreword by William D. Green St. Paul: Minnesota Historical Society Press, 2018 500 pages; softcover; 500 photos; $29.95 Published previously…

Our Minnesota State Capitol: From Groundbreaking through Restoration

Reviewer: Alan K. Lathrop

Our Minnesota State Capitol: From Groundbreaking through Restoration Author: Denis P. Gardner Foreword by Former Governor Mark Dayton St. Paul: Minnesota Historical Society Press, 2017 104 pages; softcover; 70 color and b&w illustrations; $19.95 With the brilliant restoration of the State Capitol building in St.