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Minnesota History Quarterly Fall 2016 (65:3)

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  • Senator Allan Spear and the Minnesota Human Rights Act by Joshua Preston
  • Rebel Girls: Women in the Mesabi Iron Range Strike of 1916 by David LaVigne
  • A War of Words: The Mesaba Ore and Hibbing News Takes on the “Big Fellows” by Andrea C. Allard

ARTICLES

Senator Allan Spear and the Minnesota Human Rights Act

by Joshua Preston

It took two decades and eight failed attempts before Allan Spear and his legislative colleagues successfully amended Minnesota’s Human Rights Act in 1993 to prohibit discrimination based on sexual orientation. Spear died before he could include this story in his unfinished 2010 autobiography.

Rebel Girls: Women in the Mesabi Iron Range Strike of 1916

by David LaVigne

Histories of the strike mostly ignore women’s contributions beyond the prominent role played by IWW organizer Elizabeth Gurley Flynn. Working-class women did contribute by confronting mining company abuses, participating in industrial sabotage, setting up pickets, and more.

 A War of Words: The Mesaba Ore and Hibbing News Takes on the “Big Fellows”

by Andrea C. Allard

Passionate support of striking Range miners in the summer of 1916 by a small, but highly vocal Iron Range newspaper eventually put father-son publisher-editors Claude and Marc Atkinson in the line of fire.

DEPARTMENTS

Eyewitness

An apartment living room concert captured by Twin Cities rock photographer Dan Corrigan sends Danny Sigelman down memory lane.

Landmarks

Jane King Hession marvels at an ultra-modern Hibbing elementary school that was once promoted as a tourist attraction.

Back Space

A gathering of reviews, your letters, news and notes, and a new feature, Our Back Pages, which mines the archives of Minnesota History

Book Reviews

Taconite Dreams: The Struggle to Sustain Mining on Minnesota’s Iron Range, 1915--2000
Folksongs of Another America: Field Recordings from the Upper Midwest, 1937-1946
Métis and the Medicine Line: Creating a Border and Dividing a People

Letters

News & Notes

Our Back Pages

About the cover…

IWW sympathizers Joe Orlandich, Milica Masonovich, Philip Masonovich, and Joe Nickich, possibly during the 1916 Mesabi Strike. Learn about the role played by Milica and other “Rebel Girls,” in the article beginning on p. 90. Photo courtesy Walter P. Reuther Library, Wayne State Library.

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