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St. Cloud professor's nook paints nuanced look at enslaved woman freed in Minneapolis

Posted on AllSides April 6th, 2024
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In her final hours as an enslaved person, Eliza Winston changed out of her old washing dress and into a calico dress — her finest one — at a boarding house near Lake Harriet on Aug. 21, 1860. "That simple act was significant and symbolic," writes Christopher Lehman, an ethnic studies professor at St. Cloud State University, in his new book, "It Took Courage: Eliza Winston's Quest for Freedom." "Enslavers controlled the labor of their captives, telling them when to begin and end their workdays," Lehman writes. By removing her...

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