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Shepherd Express: Little Rascals or Little Racists?
Some people, especially the professional complainers of political correctness, have called “The Little Rascals” racist. In consequence, many episodes from this series of short movies from the 1930s have been shelved or censored to remove objectionable moments. But as Henry Louis Gates Jr. writes in his forward to Our Gang: A Racial History of The Little Rascals (published by University of Minnesota Press), it’s not that simple.
LA Weekly: 'Our Gang' reveals the complicated racial history of The Little Rascals
Julia Lee's OUR GANG is "a fully fleshed-out and colorful pop-culture history."
Zocalo Public Square: When Two ‘Little Rascals’ Crossed the Color Line
The Friendship Between These Young Hollywood Actors—One Black, One White—Was Ahead of Its Time, but Also an Illusion
Fox9: Book tells story of MN couple's first legal same-sex marriage in U.S.
M. A. Rosko with Michael McConnell and Jack Baker.
WCCO interview: Michael McConnell and Jack Baker
After years of not giving interviews, Jack Baker and Michael McConnell spoke with Esme Murphy about their 1971 marriage and the legal battles that ensued and are still on-going (6:04).
Star Tribune commentary: The long twilight struggle of the Iron Range
If we don't want new mining, the region's economic prognosis isn't good.
KUMD: The Wedding Heard 'Round the World
Michael McConnell and his husband of 44 years, Jack Baker, were gay-married when gay-married wasn't cool - or even legal. But was it? How it's possible that gay marriage was legal all along ... and an inspiring story where love wins.
GLBT Reviews: The Wedding Heard 'Round the World
This book is recommended for all LGBT-related and general history collections.
The Temple News: Exploring science, understanding sexuality
Tom Waidzunas’ new book chronicles the history of reorientation therapy.
CBS Minnesota: Couple Considering Lawsuit Against Blue Earth County To Legalize Marriage
Jack Baker and Michael McConnell have been fighting for their marriage for 45 years. In 1972, they lost an appeal before the U.S. Supreme Court, but 43 years later in 2015, the high court cited their case in their ruling legalizing gay marriage.
KNPR: The Little Rascals Revisited
Interview with Julia Lee: It was as I got older that I would look back on the films with a great deal of nostalgia but also but also with a lot of questions since as I got older I started to see these problematic racial portrayals that many people commented on in later years.
Against the Grain: Producing Homelessness
Craig Willse reflects on whether homelessness is actively produced by neoliberal capitalism.
Knutson’s last stand: in search of an American Viking massacre
Unearthed from a Swedish American farmer’s field in 1898, the Kensington Rune Stone has long aroused the historical imagination of Minnesotans.
Detroit Lakes Newspaper / Bookworm Sez: Book chronicles love story behind first gay marriage in U.S.
There’s always been a picket fence in your future. You could just picture it: charming spouse, two-point-five kids, minivan, Cape Cod with manicured lawn, birthday parties on the patio, all surrounded by that picket fence. It was a perfect dream of a blissful life.
Critical Inquiry: A Geology of Media
In A Geology of Media, Jussi Parikka continues his innovative conflation of media production with the changed concepts of nature.
CBC Radio: The complex racial history of the Little Rascals
Interview with Julia Lee, author of Our Gang.
Lambda Literary on 'The Wedding Heard 'Round the World'
Michael McConnell’s easy, personable tone will make you feel like your uncle, father, or grandfather is telling the story of their younger years, and what queer life was like back in the day.
WTIP: Considering the future of Minnesota's Iron Range
Interview with Jeff Manuel, author of Taconite Dreams.
Book Cover Smackdown: The Lovecraft Edition!
SF Signal looks at four forthcoming H.P. Lovecraft-themed books.
Southwest Journal: A pioneering couple
“Everybody else was trying to figure out how not to be arrested, how not to be fired, how not to be exposed, how not to be threatened or killed, all of those things, and somehow Jack and Michael said, you know, no, we don’t want a bite out of the sandwich, we want the whole loaf of bread.”