In Incident at the Otterville Station, John Christgau relates the true story of the rescue of Walkerês thirteen slaves by soldiers of the Ninth Minnesota Regiment and the soldiersê subsequent arrest for mutiny. The controversial incident became national news, with President Lincoln ultimately sending Secretary of War Edward Stanton to investigate. Christgauês compelling narrative of the Otterville Station rescue and its aftermath illustrates the complex process of emancipation during the American Civil War, particularly in border states such as Missouri. The end of slavery was the product of many actors, from Union soldiers to the president and Congress to abolitionists and the enslaved themselves. This detailed account examines the critical role that individuals played in determining the outcome of emancipation and the war.
Christgau?s account of the war between white settlers and the Dakota Indians in Minnesota examines two communities torn by internal dissent and external threat, whites and Native Americans equally traumatized by the short and violent war. The book also delves into the aftermath, during which thirty-eight Dakota men were hanged without legal representation or the appearance of defense witnesses, the largest mass execution in American history. With its unusually nuanced perspective, Birch Coulie brings a welcome measure of clarity and insight to a critical moment in the troubled history of the American West.
Michael and the Whiz Kids tells the story of the team?s 1968 championship season. It is a tale of cliffhanger games and players as outsized in character as they are short in stature, from the wild-haired, bespectacled ?Professor? to the well-traveled Latvian dubbed ?Suitcase? to the quiet and tenacious ?Salt,? as in ?of the earth.? But it is also a tale of the time?of counterculture, suburbia, integration, and racial brawls erupting on the court. In Christgau?s deft telling, it is an absorbing, often comic story of coming of age, for coach and Whiz Kids alike.