On today’s 15 with the Author, Teri Knight talks with Pulitzer Prize finalist and Washington Post columnist, Charles Lane with his book, “Freedom’s Detective, the Secret Service, the Ku Klux Klan and the Man Who Masterminded America’s First War on Terror”. The book revolves around the fascinating figure of Hiram Whitley, who President Ulysses Grant soon appointed to head the Secret Service, a federal agency created in 1865 to squelch counterfeit currency. Under Whitley, the agency also infiltrated and impaired the violent, politically motivated Ku Klux Klan. Whitley flouted ethics, curried partisan favor and violated civil liberties. At the same time, he promoted a more genuine American democracy. He talks about the parallels of terror then and now and how Whitley was not averse to using the same tactics on the KKK that they used on innocent people.
The Northfield History Collaborative (NHC), a digital library of local history, recently
released a set of educational guides on Northfield-area history called Primary Source Sets. Primary source sets are online collections of digitized historical materials—from photographs to diaries and more—arranged by topic. These sets all reflect the local Northfield experience of a larger historic event, theme, or era. There are 12 topic areas covered. Each set includes a topic overview, links to approximately 20 digitized items on the Collaborative’s online database, discussion questions, related resources, and a guide to using primary sources for research. Several benchmarks of the Minnesota K-12 Academic Standards in both social studies and English language arts can be explored using these sets, as well. Click below for full details and links:
Larry Millett, a native of Minneapolis, spent much of his career as a writer, reporter, and editor for the St. Paul Pioneer Press. He’s written several books on architecture and history as well as mystery novels. Today, he talks with Teri Knight about his latest called “Heart of St. Paul – A History of the Pioneer and Endicott buildings”. These buildings were built in the late 1880’s and were skycrapers at the time. Millett talks about his favorite elements of the buildings that you likely never knew existed and speculation on what seemed to be several mysterious fires set as the two competing buildings were being constructed. larrymillett.com
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