History Center December Lectures Focus on Red Lake Indian Reservation and the Election of 1824

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Release dated: 
November 5, 2014
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Place: Minnesota History Center
Address: 345 Kellogg Blvd. W., St. Paul MN 55102-1903
Cost: Prices vary by program.
Phone: 651-259-3000, 800-657-3773
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History Center December Lectures Focus on Red Lake Indian Reservation and the Election of 1824

The History Center hosts two powerful lectures in December. History Forum focuses on the election of 1824 which pitted John Quincy Adams against Andrew Jackson. History Lounge explores life on the Red Lake Reservation between World War I and the Depression.

History Forum: The Bitter Elections
Dates: Dec. 6
Time: 10 a.m. and 2 p.m.
Fee: $15/$11 MNHS members.
Reservations: required, call 651-259-3015 or register online


The election of 1824 featured two iconic candidates and ended in a contested result and accusations of crooked backroom deals. The election pitted New England statesman John Quincy Adams against popular Western war hero Andrew Jackson. Jackson won the electoral and popular votes, but lost the deciding Congressional ballot, and the presidency, by one vote. In 1828 Jackson challenged Adams as a political insider, running as a “man-of-the-people” who would cleanse Washington of its elitism. Historian Daniel Feller will present his argument that Jackson's campaign forever rearranged the American political landscape. Daniel Feller is professor of history and the editor and director of the Papers of Andrew Jackson at the University of Tennessee.

History Lounge: My Grandfather’s Knocking Sticks
Dates: Dec. 16, 2014
Time: 7 p.m.
Fee: Free

Ojibwe historian Brenda Child will share the stories of daily work, family life and culture on the Red Lake Reservation between World War I and the Depression. She will explore the challenges faced by the first generation to have grown up on a reservation—fully modern workers whose rich traditions helped them make a living during tough times and who passed on their Ojibwe identity and culture to their children. Brenda J. Child is associate professor of American Studies at the University of Minnesota and author of My Grandfather’s Knocking Sticks: Ojibwe Family Life and Labor on the Reservation.

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