Pioneering the Upper Midwest: Books from Michigan, Minnesota, and Wisconsin, ca. 1820-1910
Historical Issue-Analysis and Decision-Making
The collection allows readers to analyze the expansion and industrial growth which also resulted in untold devastation of the environment and Native-American cultures. Search on words including railroad, city, Black Hawk War, and Native, for citations that not only illustrate destructive activities, but illuminate the complex set of values and ideals behind them.
St. Anthony is on the east side of the Mississippi; Minneapolis is opposite, on the west side. Both places are now large and populous . . . One of the finest water powers in the Union is an element of growth to both towns. The lumber which is sawed there is immense. A company is undertaking to remove the obstructions to navigation in the river between St. Paul and St. Anthony . . . The suspension bridge which connects Minneapolis with St. Anthony is familiar to all. It is a fit of the enterprise of the people. I forget the exact sum I paid as toll when I walked across the bridge--perhaps it was a dime; at any rate I was struck with the answer given by the young man who took the toll, in reply to my inquiry as I returned, if my coming back wasn't included in the toll paid going over? "No," said he, in a very good-natured way, "we don't know anything about coming back;it's all go ahead in this country."
Analyze and take a position on congruent contemporary controversies. Newspaper articles provide information about environmental issues, while the poetry and short stories of Sherman Alexie provide an engaging starting point for considering the situation of Native Americans today.