A Peculiar Imbalance
The Fall and Rise of Racial Equality in Early Minnesota
Author William D. Green
Minnesota Historical Society Press (February 1, 2007)
History professor William Green unearths the untold stories of African Americans and contrasts their experiences with those of Indians, mixed bloods, and Irish Catholics.
In the 1850s, as Minnesota Territory was reaching toward statehood, settlers from the eastern United States moved in, carrying rigid perceptions of race and culture into a community built by people of many backgrounds who relied on each other for survival. History professor William Green unearths the untold stories of African Americans and contrasts their experiences with those of Indians, mixed bloods, and Irish Catholics. He demonstrates how a government built on the ideals of liberty and equality denied the rights to vote, run for office, and serve on a jury to free men fully engaged in the lives of their respective communities.
William D. Green received his B.A. in History from Gustavus Adolphus College, and his Ph.D. and J.D. from the University of Minnesota. He has published many pieces in history and law, including pieces in Minnesota History, The Journal of Law and Politics, as well as editorials in the Minneapolis Star Tribune. His book, The Race Men of Minnesota, is forthcoming, and another book, The Children of Lincoln, is in the works. Both are part of his three-volume history of civil rights in Minnesota.
Bill has given presentations for the Ramsey County Bar Association; the Friends of the Ramsey County Library; Unity Unitarian Universalist Church in St. Paul, Fort Snelling; the Minnesota Historical Society; William Mitchell Law School; the Minneapolis Rotary Club; the Minnesota African American Museum; and the Alexander Ramsey House.
He is currently working on making historical documentaries and is designing an interdisciplinary course in association with Augsburg’s Film Studies Program. He continues to serve on the executive committee of the board of directors for Minnesota Historical Society; board director for the Minnesota Humanities Commission; and the advisory committee for the Great American History Theatre.
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- 232 pages
- 6 x 9 inches
- ISBN: 9780873515863