The lessons of 1862

“It was the clash of two great cultures that first found common ground, and then divided in fear, hatred, and misunderstanding.”

I’m not entirely sure who wrote those words, read by Garrison Keillor in this tremendous TPT 1993 documentary about the Dakota Conflict of 1862 (we’re guessing it was Kristian Berg). But it doesn’t sound particularly irrelevant in 2012.

As Minnesota stopped this week to observe the 150th anniversary of the conflict, it’s not a bad time to ask what parallels may/may not exist in 2012?

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