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3 June 2015

The Origins of Civil Rights in Minnesota

For the week of June 7, 2015

William D. Green, Professor of History, Augsburg College, discusses his new book, “Degrees of Freedom: The Origins of Civil Rights in Minnesota, 1865-1912”

  • Part 1

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    (1:45) The years 1865-1912 and the significance of those years for black Minnesotans; (2:30) Jim Thompson’s extraordinary experience and life in MN; (6:30) The three sections of the book: The Barbers, The Entrepreneurs and The Radicals

  • Part 2

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    (:50) The birth of the NAACP and its connections to St. Paul; (2:45) The research process for “Degrees of Freedom” and the difficulty of finding sources on the lives of black Minnesotans; (6:50) The concept of MN Nice and how it played a role in race relations; (8:25) Freedom vs opportunity; (10:45) The disconnect between freedom and opportunity that is still present in today’s society
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