Thomas Fox Averill; Why Minnesota Should Break Up With The Midwest

Feb 8, 2018

Stoney Point Cabin at sunrise, Stoney Point, Minnesota
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In the mid-1800s, a young woman and her husband moved to the Kansas Territory to help runaway slaves. The husband died during Quantrill's raid, leaving her alone. Hear Nell Johnson Doerr's story, as told through diary entries, letters and various documents found in the rafters of a Lawrence barn. But just one thing: this is a work of fiction. A chat with the author of this new novel.

Then: Eric Dayton is leading a campaign to have Minnesota break up with the Midwest. He argues that Minnesota should be called the "North" because its weather and culture are so distinct. We hear why place names matter.