Claiming Colonialism: White Lutherans and Racism in Minnesota, 1850-1960
Date of Award
Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)
Justice & Reconciliation
Mary Jane Haemig
Most histories of Lutherans in Minnesota have either ignored or glorified their participation in settler colonialism, and few studies to date have explored Lutherans and whiteness. This dissertation traces the history of white Lutherans in Minneapolis and their participation in racism, from settler-colonial occupation of Dakota land to participation in white job and housing discrimination. It explores the intersections of race, religion and class among white Minnesota Lutherans. The author proposes these histories as starting points for further community research, remembering, and reparations.
Parent, Katherine, "Claiming Colonialism: White Lutherans and Racism in Minnesota, 1850-1960" (2019). Doctor of Ministry Theses. 75.