Volume 1 covers Minnesota's early development from the days of French exploration and trade with American Indians through territorial times to the eve of statehood in 1857. Volume 2 continues the story from 1858 to 1865, with emphasis on the state's participation in the Civil War and the Sioux Uprising (Dakota Conflict) of 1862. Volume 3 completes the chronological record with a comprehensive picture of Minnesota politics from 1865 to 1925. Volume 4 focuses on special topics such as iron mining, public education, the Chippewa (Ojibway), election procedures, and a dozen outstanding Minnesotans. Includes a consolidated index to Volumes 1-4.