MPR: 'Degrees of Freedom': The MN African American experience post-Civil War

By Tom Weber

Degrees of Freedom by William D. GreenBill Green, Augsburg history professor and former superintendent of the Minneapolis school district, is out with a book about civil rights in Minnesota in the 50 years after the Civil War.

This is a period when Minnesota has often gotten credit for being more progressive on race and civil rights than other states, especially those in the South.

But Green's exploration of that period found important nuance that has shaped Minnesota's relationship with race ever since. He joined MPR News' Tom Weber to look back at Minnesota civil rights history and how it relates to issues we're seeing today.