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Wingerd in war documentary

Monday, November 19, 2012

Mary Wingerd, professor of history

Mary Wingerd, professor of history and author of the award-winning "North Country: The Making of MInnesota."

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Mary Wingerd, history professor and author of the award-winning "North Country: The Making of Minnesota," contributed to an upcoming radio episode of "This American Life," which discusses the U.S.-Dakota War of 1862.

The hour-long documentary, which airs on KNOW 91.1 FM 1 p.m. Nov. 24 and 10 p.m. Nov. 25, was produced by Duke University's Center for Documentary Studies.

The U.S.-Dakota War began Aug. 17 in Acton Township, Meeker County and culiminated Dec. 26 with the hanging of 38 Dakota men in Mankato.

Among other things, Wingerd's book discusses nearly two centuries of cooperation, accommodation and peace among the peoples who lived in Minnesota prior to 1862.

She writes in her book that "the majority of the Dakota never lifted their hand against the whites." Yet, the war's ultimate result was the death or exile of nearly every Dakota.

Wingerd's 449-page book, which has twice earned Minnesota Book Award honors, is published by the University of Minnesota Press. Learn more about "North Country."

Wingerd also authored "Claiming the City: Politics, Faith, and the Power of Place in St. Paul," published in 2003 by Cornell University Press.

"This American Life," which is produced in Chicago, has 1.7 million listeners on more than 500 stations.

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