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‘Minneapolis: The Curious Twin,’ A Reexamination

October 19, 2022 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

Images L to R: Skyline view of Minneapolis; Laura Weber, photo by Patrick O’Leary; Carey McWilliams, photo from the American Jewish World

Journalist Carey McWilliams wrote a famous article in 1946 called “Minneapolis: The Curious Twin.” It established an enduring impression of Minneapolis as the “capital of antisemitism” in mid-20th-century America. Join historian Laura Weber as she takes a close look at the “Curious Twin.” What was the article’s genesis? Who was its author? What was its contemporary reception? The discussion is based on her recent article in Middle West Review, which demythologizes McWilliams’ characterization of Minneapolis as the U.S. capital of antisemitism. The event is free and open to all. Registrations requested.


We invite you to read both articles in advance of the talk:

About Laura Weber

Laura Weber is an independent scholar and a lifelong resident of Minneapolis. From 2016 to 2021 she served as editor of Minnesota History, the quarterly of the Minnesota Historical Society. She is the author of some 30 articles on Minnesota Jewish history in MNopedia, an online encyclopedia of Minnesota history. Recent publications include “‘Minneapolis: The Curious Twin’: A Reexamination,” Middle West Review Spring (2022) and “Jews and the Civil Rights Movement in the American West: A Roundtable,” Western States Jewish History (Spring 2021), where she wrote about the Minnesota experience. She is also the author of “‘Gentiles Preferred’: Minneapolis Jews and Employment, 1920-1950,” (Minnesota History, Spring 1991), which won the Solon J. Buck Award for best article of the year in the quarterly. Laura is a member of the advisory board of the Upper Midwest Jewish Archives at the University of Minnesota Libraries.

This event is sponsored by the Nathan and Theresa Berman Upper Midwest Jewish Archives at the University of Minnesota Libraries and co-sponsored by the Jewish Community Relations Council of Minnesota and the Dakotas and by the Center for Jewish Studies.


October 19, 2022
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
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