LITTLE FALLS — “Slaveholders and Real Estate in Minnesota,” an online course set 6-8 p.m. Sept. 15, will explore how Minnesota’s development as a territory and early years as a state were influenced by the wealth derived from slave labor.
Taught by Christopher P. Lehman, professor of Ethnic, Gender and Women’s Studies at St. Cloud State University, this class will examine the role of slaveholders and their wealth on Minnesota. The class will uncover how southern enslavers were encouraged by prominent local citizens to invest in the fledgling state and will expose the web of connections tying the state’s development to southern slavery.
“Minnesota is not immune from the impacts of slavery in America,” organizers said in a news release. “Despite its northern location, it was a participant in the slave economy of the United States from its time as a territory in the 1840s and early ‘50s through investments by southern slaveholders in real estate, business and institutions across the state.”
General admission for the Zoom webinar class is $10, though it is offered at a pay-what-you-can rate. The recommended text is “Slavery’s Reach: Southern Slaveholders in the North Star State,” by Christopher P. Lehman. The text is available at Minnesota Historical Society Press or a local bookstore.
This class is brought to you by Rethos: Places Reimagined and the Morrison County Historical Society, its central Minnesota education coordinator. This program has been financed in part by the state of Minnesota from the Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund through the Minnesota Historical Society.
Registration for the class is available online through the Rethos website: rethos.org/classes.