Oil portrait of Abigail Hunt Snelling, c.1818.

Abigail Hunt Snelling

Oil portrait of Abigail Hunt Snelling, c.1818.

Black and white photograph of left to right: Audre Lorde, Meridel Le Sueur, and Adrienne Rich, c.1980.

Left to right: Audre Lorde, Meridel Le Sueur, and Adrienne Rich

Left to right: Audre Lorde, Meridel Le Sueur, and Adrienne Rich, c.1980.

Black and white photograph of Meridel Le Sueur (right) with writer and poet Molly Culligan (left), 1980.

Meridel Le Sueur (right) with writer and poet Molly Culligan (left)

Meridel Le Sueur (right) with writer and poet Molly Culligan (left), 1980.

Black and white photograph of Meridel Le Sueur, c.1975.

Meridel Le Sueur, c.1975.

Meridel Le Sueur, c.1975.

Black and white photograph left to right: Gerald Vizenor, Chester Anderson, and Meridel Le Sueur, c.1974.

Left to right: Gerald Vizenor, Chester Anderson, and Meridel Le Sueur

Left to right: Gerald Vizenor, Chester Anderson, and Meridel Le Sueur, c.1974.

Black and white photograph of Meridel Le Sueur, c. 1940.

Meridel Le Sueur

Meridel Le Sueur, c.1940.

Black and white photograph of Marian Le Sueur, mother of Meridel Le Sueur, c.1900.

Marian Le Sueur

Marian Le Sueur, mother of Meridel Le Sueur, c.1900.

Le Sueur, Meridel (1900–1996)

For more than seventy years, the Minnesota-based writer and activist Meridel Le Sueur was a voice for oppressed peoples worldwide. Beginning in the 1920s, she championed the struggles of workers against the capitalist economy, the efforts of women to find their voices and their power, the rights of American Indians to their lands and their cultures, and environmentalist causes.

Graphite drawing of a Dakota woman processing a hide, c.1845. Drawing by Seth Eastman.

Dakota woman scraping a hide

Graphite drawing of a Dakota woman processing a hide, c.1845. Drawing by Seth Eastman.

Color image of a Walnut sewing table used by Harriet Bishop. Created in 1850.

Harriet Bishop’s sewing table

Walnut sewing table used by Harriet Bishop. Created in 1850.

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