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[Detail] An advertisement from The Minnesota guide. 1869

The texts of Pioneering the Upper Midwest, ca. 1820-1910 facilitate projects in which one can practice a variety of language arts, from travel writing to poetry analysis, while learning about history. Additionally, the overlap of this collection's historical content with that of other American Memory collections affords users of the collections opportunities to make well-researched, dynamic, multimedia documentaries.

Biography and Autobiography

From the Narrative of Sojourner Truth to reminiscences of pioneer life, the collection includes numerous biographies and autobiographies about courageous individuals. In addition to learning about Sojourner Truth's antislavery and women's rights activism, you can read about the personal strength required of pioneer Hastings Hufford in Then Came May. Then write a chapter of a biography of someone you know who displays courage in his or her own way.