Come to a book talk on the World War I pride and prejudice that divided people across Minnesota, particularly the counties of Goodhue, Jackson, and Martin, on November 4. Patriot Hearts: World War I Pride and Prejudice in a Minnesota County was published by the Goodhue County Historical Society in June 2017. The talk with begin at 10 am in the Foot Room of the Red Wing Public Library.
Minnesota’s turbulent World War I years produced bloody conflict abroad and divisive ethnic and political tensions at home. Famed U.S. Supreme Court Justice Louis Brandeis, in comments on a Red Wing case, noted Minnesota’s “policy of repression” that resulted in the nation’s “most serious cases” of civil rights suppression. In his carefully researched study, historian Frederick Johnson retells this largely forgotten 1917-18 Minnesota story in microcosm, using the example of Goodhue, the state’s most ethnically and politically polarized county.
Johnson’s talk is based on a wide range of primary sourced reports that detail verbal and physical attacks on German Americans and political rivals, nine indictments with four convictions for treason, courtroom improprieties, coercive Liberty Bond sales, and the use of martial law. After the talk, attendees may purchase copies of Patriot Hearts and have them signed by the author.
Frederick Johnson has to his credit twelve books about Minnesota history along with numerous magazine articles in respected journals including Minnesota History, Aviation History, Minnesota Genealogist, MinnPost, and MNopedia. The American Association for State and Local History gave his 2008 book Richfield: Minnesota’s Oldest Suburb a special award for exceptional scholarship. Johnson’s The Big Water (Deep Haven Press, 2013) has been called the “definitive” history of Minnesota’s famed Lake Minnetonka.
This program is sponsored by the Red Wing Public Library, Goodhue County Historical Society, and the Red Wing Shoe Company Foundation.