The History of Minnesota and Tales of the Frontier, Part 1


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"It has been a little over fifty years since the organization of the Territory of Minnesota, which at its birth was a very small and unimportant creation, but which in its half century of growth has expanded into one of the most brilliant and promising stars upon the union of our flag; so that its history must cover every subject, moral, physical and social, that enters into the composition of a first-class progressive Western state, which presents a pretty extensive field; but there is also to be considered a period anterior to civilization, which may be called the aboriginal and legendary era, which abounds with interesting matter, and to the general reader is much more attractive than the prosy subjects of agriculture, finance and commerce." "Having lived in the state through nearly the whole period of Minnesota's political existence, and having taken part in most of the leading events in her history, both savage and civilized, I propose to treat the various subjects that compose her history in a narrative and colloquial manner that may not rise to the dignity of history, but which, I think, while giving facts, will not detract [2]from the interest or pleasure of the reader. If I should in the course of my narrative so far forget myself as to indulge in a joke, or relate an illustrative anecdote, the reader must put up with it." - Summary by Judge Charles E. Flandrau, from the Opening Statement (9 hr 16 min)

Chapters

Dedication; Author's Note; History of Minnesota by Judge Charles E. Flandrau 5:36 Read by Jill Engle
Legendary and Aboriginal Era, Part 1 12:19 Read by TriciaG
Legendary and Aboriginal Era, Part 2 12:31 Read by TriciaG
Fort Snelling 12:11 Read by Phil Schempf
The Selkirk Settlement 9:58 Read by Phil Schempf
George Catlin; Featherstonehaugh; Schoolcraft and the Source of the Mississippi… 10:13 Read by Phil Schempf
Missions 12:31 Read by Phil Schempf
The Indians 13:46 Read by pdaaaaps
Territorial Period 13:15 Read by Malar Ramesh
Education; The First Territorial Government 10:39 Read by Malar Ramesh
Courts 9:59 Read by Malar Ramesh
First Territorial Legislature 9:46 Read by Sharon C.
Immigration 13:44 Read by Andrea Kotzer
The Panic of 1857; Land Titles; The First Newspaper 11:14 Read by Andrea Kotzer
Banks 5:19 Read by Sharon C.
The Fur Trade; Pemmican 12:02 Read by Andrea Kotzer
Transportation and Express; Lumber 8:38 Read by Andrea Kotzer
Religion 13:41 Read by TriciaG
Railroads, Part 1 12:56 Read by TriciaG
Railroads, Part 2; The First Railroad Actually Built 11:20 Read by TriciaG
The Spirit Lake Massacre 13:53 Read by pdaaaaps
The Constitutional Convention 13:07 Read by Phil Schempf
Attempt to Remove the Capital; Census; Grasshoppers; Militia 12:55 Read by Phil Schempf
The Wright County War; The Civil War 13:54 Read by Phil Schempf
The Third Regiment 14:20 Read by Phil Schempf
The Indian War of 1862 and Following Years, Part 1 13:59 Read by Joy Baker
The Indian War of 1862 and Following Years, Part 2 11:46 Read by marksan
The Attack on Fort Ridgely; Battle of New Ulm, Part 1 9:25 Read by Jefferson Tholen
Battle of New Ulm, Part 2 9:35 Read by marksan
Battle of Birch Coulie; Occurences in Meeker County and Vicinity 8:45 Read by Elijah
Protection of the Southern Frontier 11:21 Read by Elijah
Colonel Sibley Moves Upon the Enemy; The Battle of Wood Lake 12:15 Read by Elijah
Fort Ambercrombie; Camp Release 6:36 Read by marksan
Trial of the Indians 9:36 Read by Jessica Louise
Execution of the Thirty-Eight Condemned Indians; The Campaign of 1863; Battle o… 11:51 Read by Phil Schempf
Battle of Stony Lake 4:55 Read by Sharon C.
Campaign of 1864 11:03 Read by Phil Schempf
A Long Period of Peace and Prosperity; Introduction of the New Process of Milli… 13:10 Read by Jessica Louise
Commerce through the St. Mary's Falls Canal; Agriculture; Dairying; The Univers… 11:05 Read by Jessica Louise
The Minnesota State Agricultural Society; The Minnesota Soldiers' Home; Other S… 13:01 Read by Jessica Louise
The Minnesota State Training School; Minnesota State Reformatory; The Minnesota… 12:33 Read by Jill Engle
The Monetary and Business Flurry of 1873 and Panic of 1893; Minor Happenings 15:40 Read by Andrea Kotzer
The War with Spain 7:12 Read by marksan
The Indian Battle of Leech Lake; Population 13:04 Read by Jill Engle
The State Flag; The Official Flower of the State, and the Method of its Selecti… 10:27 Read by Chris A. Hawkins
Origin of the Name "Gopher State"; State Parks: Itasca State Park and Interstat… 14:22 Read by David Olson
Politics 9:22 Read by marksan
Bibliography 25:40 Read by Jill Engle