Discover the Story of the Dakota Peace Coalition at Jan. 29 History Lounge

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Release dated: 
January 2, 2013
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Quick facts: 

Event: History Lounge: Peace Coalition

Place: Minnesota History Center
Address: 345 Kellogg Blvd W., St. Paul MN 55102-1903
Cost: Free
Date: Tuesday, January 29, 2013
Time: 7:00 p.m
Phone: 651-259-3015

Discover the Story of the Dakota Peace Coalition at Jan. 29 History Lounge

Most Dakota people living in Minnesota in 1862 did not anticipate or participate in the U.S.-Dakota War. In this History Lounge, Historian Carrie Reber Zeman uncovers the story of the Dakota resistance movement, known historically as the Peace Coalition.

Zeman brings the diverse voices of this anti-war coalition to light, using their own narratives to illuminate who they were, what galvanized their opposition, what they accomplished and what happened to them in the war’s terrible aftermath. Zeman argues that the Dakota men and women who actively worked to end the war were motivated by their desire to stay in Mni Sota Makoce, the Dakota homeland.

Zeman is an independent historian specializing in the context and historiography of the U.S- Dakota War of 1862. Zeman edited and annotated the 2012 edition of Mary Butler Renville's 1863 book, "A Thrilling Narrative of Indian Captivity: Dispatches from the Dakota War" (University of Nebraska Press).

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