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Uncovering Alaska

PhD candidate and Andrew Mellon Fellow, Jessica Arnett, has been traveling across the United States as she completes research for her dissertation on Alaskan Native sovereignty. Through the uncovering of primary sources, she has made interesting connections for a relatively unstudied part of American History.
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Good Question: What Is The European Union?

Great Britain’s decision to leave the European Union made headlines worldwide. Experts say it’s possible more countries could follow Britain’s lead, further weakening the EU. That got us wondering—what is the European Union, and how does it affect us? Good Question. Tom Wolfe is a history professor at the University of Minnesota, who specializes in the European Union provides an answer for WCCO-TV.
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States of Incarceration

Undergraduate Brianna Wilson had a unique opportunity to contribute to the national dialogue on incarceration through Professor Kevin Murphy’s fall semester class, Public History: Public Memory and Mass Incarceration. Through engaging dialogue, she brought two groups of people together over a thought-provoking conversation.
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View from the Chair

Ruth Mazo Karras reflects on how our selective adherence to traditions played a role in the Supreme Court's decision to require all states to license same-sex marriages and how historians, including our own Elaine Tyler May and Barbara Welke, played a part in the decision.
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Minnesota History Day Mentors Inspiring Youth

The Minnesota History Day Mentor program gives undergraduate students an opportunity to get involved with the community by helping local schools as their students prepare for the History Day competition. By working directly with the students, and contextualizing their work in an accompanying class here at the University, mentors learn about the achievement gap, equity in Minnesota, and much more.
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A Brief History of Undocumented Immigration in America

Erika Lee explains that in its early years as a nation, America largely lacked federal immigration policies. Then, beginning with the exclusion acts of the mid-19th century, which specifically prohibited Chinese immigration, the United States increasingly denied entry to those it deemed unsuitable: Asians, paupers, illiterates and, eventually, southern and eastern Europeans.