A Peculiar Imbalance: The Fall and Rise of Racial Equality in Minnesota, 1837-1869


ISBN: 9780816697304
Dewey: 305.896
LCC Number: F614
Author: William D Green
Pages: 232
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“A Peculiar Imbalance “is the little-known history of the black experience in Minnesota in the mid-1800s| a time of dramatic change in the region. William D. Green explains how| as white progressive politicians pushed for statehood| black men who had been integrated members of the community| owning businesses and maintaining good relationships with their neighbors| found themselves denied the right to vote or to run for office in those same communities.

As Minnesota was transformed from a wilderness territory to a state| the concepts of race and ethnicity and the distinctions among them made by Anglo-Americans grew more rigid and arbitrary. A black man might enjoy economic success and a middle-class lifestyle but was not considered a citizen under the law. In contrast| an Irish Catholic man was able to vote–as could a mixed-blood Indian–but might find himself struggling to build a business because of the ethnic and religious prejudices of the Anglo-American community. “A Peculiar Imbalance” examines these disparities| reflecting on the political| social| and legal experiences of black men from 1837 to 1869| the year of black suffrage.

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Dimensions 8.5 × 5.5 × 0.7 in
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