Stand Up: The Story of Minnesota\'s Protest TraditionA brief and readable overview of the political protest movements that have shaped Minnesota, a state of extremes.

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When the senatorial election of 2008 between Democrat Al Franken and Republican Norm Coleman stretched on for a contentious six months, people throughout the country wondered about Minnesota’s offbeat politics. But Minnesota has been and is now a seedbed for cultural and political movements that have changed the country, and its history weaves a pattern of wide opposition between left and right.

In this broad and readable narrative, eminent Minnesota historian Rhoda R. Gilman covers the major protest movements of the last 150 years: the abolitionist Republican party, Grangers, antimonopolists, Populists, strikers, progressives, suffragists, Communists, Farmer-Laborites, communes and co-ops, abortion politics, and more. She profiles charismatic and quirky leaders like Ignatius Donnelly, Floyd B. Olson, and Paul Wellstone. Each movement, each personality, is part of the context for the others.

Stand Up! tells a story of people repeatedly challenging the status quo. It is a narrative of people against power, of conflict and defeat, but also of change and tenacity. In a forceful and inspirational conclusion, Gilman discusses the events that she herself has helped to shape and shares her vision of the future.

Advance Praise:

“In Stand Up!, Rhoda Gilman presents the engaging story of Minnesota’s rich protest tradition. The state has been a cauldron of popular agitation since its earliest days, and that remarkable tale is vividly related in this book.”
Steven Schier, Congdon Professor of Political Science, Carleton College

“From abolition of slavery to the agrarian protest movements; from temperance to labor reform; from women’s suffrage to women’s rights; from the civil rights movement to the various incarnations of progressivism, Rhoda Gilman is inclusive in depicting the strengths and weaknesses inherent in them all. Her survey is tinged with a sympathetic eye for all who struggled in the past for social, economic, and political justice; but she also understands the motivations of those who stood up for preserving their view of the bucolic past. This book¬—a well-written, absorbing, and concise yet complete single volume—is a must read for all who wish to understand the role of protest in our history.”
Hyman Berman, Professor Emeritus of History, University of Minnesota

Rhoda R. Gilman is the author of Henry Hastings Sibley: Divided Heart and The Story of Minnesota’s Past. She is a founding member of Women Historians of the Midwest and a former candidate for lieutenant governor of Minnesota on the Green Party ticket.

Available February 2012 from Minnesota Historical Society Press as a paperback or e-book.

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Paper: $16.95  ISBN: 978-0-87351-849-9
176 pp, 5.5×8.5, 14 b&w photos, includes suggestions for further reading

E-book: $11.99  ISBN: 978-0-87351-857-4