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This American Life Spotlights 1862 Massacre

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In The Moment ... November 29, 2018 Show 469 Hour 2

John Biewen grew up in Mankato, Minnesota. He says nobody ever talked about the most important historical event ever to happen there.

In 1862, it was the site of the largest mass execution in U.S. History. Thirty-eight Dakota men were hanged after battles with white settlers.

Biewen is the Director of Audio at the Center for Documentary Studies at Duke University. The story is featured the weekend on This American Life which airs Saturday at 11:00 a.m. Central and Sunday at 7:00 p.m. Central.