Minnesota; A History of the State

Minneapolis, MN: University of Minnesota Press, 1963. Presumed First Edition, First printing. Hardcover. xiv, 688 pages. Illustrations. Maps. For Further Reading. Index. DJ has wear, small tears and chips and soiling and is price clipped. Signed by the author on the title page. Theodore Christian Blegen (16 July 1891 – 18 July 1969) was an American historian and writer. Blegen was the writer of numerous historic reference books, papers and articles written over a five decade period. His primary areas of focus were of the history of the state of Minnesota and of Norwegian-American immigration. Blegen was a professor of history (1920–1927) at Hamline University in St. Paul, after which he moved to the University of Minnesota (1927–1939), later serving as dean of the graduate school (1940–1960). His career with the Minnesota Historical Society began in 1922, serving an apprenticeship in the arts of editing and meticulous research. He succeeded to the position of superintendent of the historical society, and a seat on the executive council, serving until 1939. He returned to the Society as a research fellow in 1960 after his retirement. In 1925, Blegen was appointed the first managing editor of the Norwegian-American Historical Association. During WWII, he directed the National Historical Service, preparing materials for the U.S. Army's G.I. Roundtable. He was elected president of the Organization of American Historians in 1943. He was one of the founders of the Forest History Society, serving two terms as president. He was a member of the Norwegian Academy of Science and Letters from 1946 and The Royal Norwegian Society from 1954. In 1950 he was knighted into the Royal Norwegian Order of St. Olav. In an engaging and readable style, renowned historian Theodore Blegen takes the reader on a tour of Minnesota's development, from the geological events that shaped the land to westward movement to twentieth-century modernization. Minnesota is a concise yet comprehensive account of the state's progress, highlighting landmarks in politics, technology, the arts, and architecture. The region was part of Spanish Louisiana from 1762 to 1802. The portion of the state east of the Mississippi River became part of the United States at the end of the American Revolutionary War, when the Second Treaty of Paris was signed. Land west of the Mississippi was acquired with the Louisiana Purchase, though the Hudson's Bay Company disputed the Red River Valley until the Treaty of 1818, when the border on the 49th parallel was agreed upon. In 1805 Zebulon Pike bargained with Native Americans to acquire land at the confluence of the Minnesota and Mississippi rivers to create a military reservation. The construction of Fort Snelling followed between 1819 and 1825. Its soldiers built a grist mill and a sawmill at Saint Anthony Falls, which were harbingers of the water-powered industries around which Minneapolis later grew. Meanwhile, squatters, government officials, and others had settled near the fort; in 1839 the army forced them off military lands, and most moved downriver, just outside the military reservation, to the area that became St. Paul. Logging, farming, and railroads were mainstays of Minnesota's early economy. The sawmills at Saint Anthony Falls and logging centers of Pine City, Marine on St. Croix, Stillwater, and Winona processed vast quantities of timber. These cities were on rivers that were ideal for transportation. St. Anthony Falls was later tapped to provide power for flour mills. Innovations by Minneapolis millers led to the production of Minnesota "patent" flour, which commanded almost double the price of "bakers'" or "clear" flour which it replaced. By 1900 Minnesota mills, led by Pillsbury, Northwestern, and the Washburn-Crosby Company (an ancestor of General Mills), were grinding 14.1% of the nation's grain. The state's iron-mining industry was established with the discovery of iron in the Vermilion and Mesabi ranges in the 1880s, followed by the Cuyuna Range in the early 1900s. The ore went by rail to Duluth and Two Harbors for ship transport east via the Great Lakes. Industrial development and the rise of manufacturing caused the population to shift gradually from rural areas to cities during the early 20th century. Nevertheless, farming remained prevalent. Condition: Good / Good.

Keywords: Minnesota, Native Americans, Champlain, New France, Fort Snelling, Fur Trade, Chippewa, Statehood, Civil War, Sioux, Indian Wars, Lumber Industry, Taconite, Social Conditions, Harold Stassen, Floyd Olson, Agriculture, Farming

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