MISF member Rhoda Gilman will tell us about her new book, Stand Up! The Story of Minnesota's Protest Tradition, published by the Minnesota Historical Society Press (2012). This book reveals Minnesota's rich tradition of political and cultural movements, many of which have then gone on to national prominence, and of the large, charismatic personalities that were involved. Reviewers have called the book “very readable” and that “it cruises fast and leaves you wanting more.”
In1958 Rhoda Gilman joined the staff of the Minnesota Historical Society as a research assistant on a project related to Ignatius Donnelly, the state’s great 19th-century spokesman for Populism. For the next 34 years, as an editor, researcher, writer, and administrator, she worked to broaden and deepen knowledge of Minnesota’s history, especially its Indian people and its women. She has written several books, including The Story of Minnesota’s Past, and Henry Hastings Sibley: Divided Heart, a full-length biography of the state’s first governor. Her articles have appeared in Minnesota History, The Smithsonian Journal of History, Journal of the West, the Wisconsin Magazine of History, Daedalus, and many others.
In addition to her writing she has been active in the antinuclear movement and the Green Party of Minnesota, running as the Green Party’s candidate for lieutenant governor in 2002. In 2008 she and her daughter, Betsy Raasch-Gilman, were both honored by the Vincent L. Hawkinson Foundation of Minneapolis for their work toward peace and social justice.