Reclaiming Mni Sota: An Alternate History of the U.S. - Dakota War of 1862

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History Through Fiction
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6.0 X 9.0 X 0.71 inches | 1.02 pounds
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About the Author
Colin Mustful is an independent historian, author, and publisher. His work, which includes five historical novels, focuses on the tumultuous and complicated periods of settler-colonialism and Native displacement in American history. He has a Master of Arts degree in history and a Master of Fine Arts degree in creative writing. He is the founder and editor of History Through Fiction, an independent press that publishes compelling historical novels that are based on real events and people. As a traditional publisher, he works with authors who want to share important historical stories with the world. Mustful is an avid runner and soccer player who lives in Minneapolis, Minnesota. He believes that learning history is vital to understanding our world today and finding just, long-lasting solutions for the future.

"With a historian's eye for detail with a novelist's empathy for individuals, this wonderful novel suggests an alternative ending to the 1862 war, one that inspires contemplation about what could have happened and what did."

- Linda Ulleseit, author of The River Remembers

"What if the Ojibwa and Dakota conquered old rivalries to fight the U.S soldiers during the 1862 U.S-Dakota War? Many believe their combined forces would have pushed the whites out of Minnesota and changed history forever. Colin Mustful's Reclaiming Mni Sota is an imaginative and intriguing story of what might have happened if this alliance had been made. Reclaiming Mni Sota may give an alternative account of this tragic episode of Minnesota history, but it also leaves the reader pondering race relationships today. It kept me reading to the very last page."

- Candace Simar, Author of the Spur-Award winning Abercrombie Trail Series

"Mustful brings one of the most tragic events in Minnesota's history to life in this carefully researched book."

- Stephen E. Yoch, author of Becoming George Washington

"As an author and educator, one of my favorite things to do is pose the question "What if?" In Colin Mustful's novel Reclaiming Mni Sota, he poses this question about the Dakota War of 1862. The answer? A compelling re-imagining of history that is accessible to the reader while also creating empathetic characters from both perspectives of the war.

Beginning with two young men who are learning from their elders how to exist in the world they were born into, Mustful's deft hand at exposition brings us closer and closer to the penultimate moment with a growing sense of dread. When the historical events diverge into an alternate timeline, I found myself reflecting on the real timeline and questioning the "inevitability" of Manifest Destiny when the choices of two characters had the power to shape Minnesota into something much different."

- Jason Lee Willis, Author and Educator