Welcome to Minnesota Studies
Expansion & Reform
In this unit, we will explore the Louisiana Purchase, Fort Snelling, Steamboat Transportation, How and Why Treaties were Signed, and How and Why Minnesota became a state.
We will examine primary and secondary sources, evaluate arguments from diverse perspectives, ask questions, search for answers, and seek to understand the complex story of Minnesota's earliest peoples, and the relationships between them.
Civil War & Reconstruction
The American Civil War was the deadliest and bloodiest war fought on American soil with the death of over 600,000 soldiers and an undetermined number of civilian deaths. It was a war fought between states for different reasons and has been nicknamed the "War Between the States" Other nicknames are "War of the Rebellion," and "War for Southern Independence" depending on the point of view. It's important to examine and understand the various perspectives of the war.
The people of the North and South had very different ways of life. They had different opinions on issues such as how to best run a government.
They also disagreed about the rights of African Americans. The North believed in treating people with equality (however their practice of equal rights had yet to be truly perfected). The South believed in slavery.
The North and the South had very different resources that influenced the economy of each.
The jobs the North and South were unique too. The North was known for its large factories located in cities and the South had lots of rich farmland.
Education was also different. Students of the North attended classes in one-room schoolhouses, while children of wealthy plantations owners had private tutors.
As you work through this unit, continue to consider all points of view so that your understanding of this subject is objective.
Development & Industrialization 1860-1920
Great Depression & World War II 1920-1945
Post World War II 1945-1989
Minnesota in a New Global Age 1980-Present