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April 9: ‘Minnesota’s Civil War: A Conflicted Legacy’

Professor Kathleen Gorman will discuss the Civil War’s impact on Minnesota.

Minnesota State University, Mankato Media Relations Office News Release, 3-31-2015

Mankato, Minn. – Kathleen Gorman, professor of history at Minnesota State University, Mankato, will discuss the impact of the Civil War on the state of Minnesota in a campus lecture at 4 p.m. Thursday, April 9 in Armstrong Hall, Room 7.
Gorman’s lecture, titled “Minnesota’s Civil War: A Conflicted Legacy,” is free and open to the public, and is part of Minnesota State Mankato’s Department of History Spring Lecture Series.

Gorman’s April 9 lecture coincides with the 150th anniversary of Confederate General Robert E. Lee’s surrender to U.S. General Ulysses S. Grant to end the Civil War.

In her lecture, Gorman will describe how Minnesota in 1861 was a state with a still tenuous connection to the nation, with the four years of the Civil War serving to solidify its sense of belonging. Gorman will explain that even as Minnesota fought for the Union cause, it too was a battleground as decades of conflict with the Dakota Indians erupted into warfare. Gorman will discuss how the combination of fighting for the Union and against the Native Americans has left a complicated legacy for modern Minnesota.

For more information about the Department of History’s Spring Lecture Series, please contact the department office by phone at 507-389-1618 or email, or contact Angela Cooley, assistant professor of history, by phone at 507-389-1248 or by email at

The Department of History is part of Minnesota State Mankato’s College of Social & Behavioral Sciences, which is co-sponsor of the lecture along with the University’s Department of Government, Honors Program, Institutional Diversity and Department of Ethnic Studies.

Minnesota State Mankato, a comprehensive university with 15,376 students, is part of the Minnesota State Colleges & Universities system, which comprises 31 state institutions. 

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