Night Train Red Dust: Poems of the Iron Range by Sheila Packa -- Histories of the People and the Place
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Night Train Red Dust: Poems of the Iron Range by Sheila Packa -- Histories of the People and the Place
As I worked on my new book, I posted these cool links about people, places, and things on the Iron Range. This is the "understory" of the stories in Night Train Red Dust: Poems of the Iron Range is published by Wildwood River, a confluence of the arts.  Enjoy!  For more information, go to my website: <a href="http://sheilapacka.com" rel="nofollow">http://sheilapacka.com</a> and <a href="http://wildwoodriver.com" rel="nofollow">http://wildwoodriver.com</a>
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Video - History of the Iron Range in Minnesota

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An Interior Ellis Island: Finns in the Keweenah Peninsula

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Beginning in the late 1800s, Finnish immigrants came to upper Michigan to work in the mines. They quickly developed language and literacy. Many decided farming was better and developed homesteads from the northern wilderness. 

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This article provides vivid detail about the labor strife on the Iron Range. Women also walked the picket lines, and on a few occasions, were the target of abuse.  Some women in Hibbing, despite holding babies in their arms, were pushed to the ground by authorities.  One woman in Aurora was charged with property damage--cutting lines on a locomotive.  

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Early Labor History in Minnesota

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Early Labor Strife in Minnesota.  This article provides detail about the many fatalities and harsh working conditions on the Iron Range 1882-1906. 

Arnold R Alanen has written much about Finnish immigrant history. 

 

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