History is not just a set of facts that we string together to reveal what really happened. Students move beyond the facts of history to examine the interpretations of history. This section of the Sophomore Seminar challenges students to think critically and creatively to research historical topics, analyze historical evidence, and formulate and present historical interpretations. We will focus on the U. S. – Dakota War (1862) to expose students to the process of researching and writing history. The war originated from decades of conflict between the Dakota Indians and settlers in Minnesota and resulted in hundreds of deaths, the largest mass execution in American history, and the forced removal of Indians from Minnesota. We may study the nineteenth century in the course, but our methods will be decidedly twenty-first century. Students will use a variety of tools—both analog and digital—to research, write, and present history.