With the opening of the Dakotas to settlement, the gold rush in Montana, and the expansive military campaigns against the Sioux Uprising in western Minnesota, Lass describes how white expansionists navigated and settled this last frontier by boat as much as by wagon or train. This well-documented work is a must-read for any scholar of the American West.
Among America's finest jazz musicians, Peggy Lee recounts her childhood in Jamestown and her first professional work as a singer in Fargo in this touching autobiography. These invaluable accounts narrate the experience of Arikara scouts who accompanied Custer's 7th Cavalry to the Battle of the Little Big Horn. Lyons and Sand wrote poetry epitomizing technical excellence and lyrical beauty, Lyons was a prolific writer who published dozens of books; Sand was a leading proponent of modernism in American verse.
McGrath's sprawling semi-autobiographical epic is among America's greatest long poems. Detailing his own history as representative of a national struggle toward consciousness, McGrath is justly famous for his line, "Dakota is everywhere. Poems of war, class struggle, social protest, and love by North Dakota's finest poet.
A broad, popular history of the northern plains that leads to a plea for Missouri River development. Nelson seemed on his way to becoming a major regional voice in the generation of Joseph Kinsey Howard and J. Frank Dobie, but died young of tuberculosis. Although the author is from Lemmon, South Dakota the northern city limit of which is the North Dakota line , much of the experience described takes place in North Dakota locales, especially Assumption Abbey of Richardton.
A vivid memoir that chronicles a large farm family, embraces the sensuality of the region, and raises the theme of farm abandonment by the children of immigrants. Sound biography of Sheheke, civil chief of the Mandan village Mitutanka, who befriended Lewis and Clark. Nicely triangulated from fragmented sources.
The story of a somewhat dysfunctional Norwegian immigrant family, a daughter of which Aagot raised herself up through education. Challenging not to say miserable conditions faced by a Jewish bride on a homestead in north-central North Dakota in the s. This is the standard history of North Dakota, well-known for its six-point interpretation of state history. Many North Dakotans remember this children's book as their introduction to characters and settings firmly rooted in the state.
Another substantial contribution among Rolfsrud's many titles is Lanterns Over the Prairies 2 vols. Colorful sketches of North Dakota pioneers, many of them eccentrics. Growing up in a "sea of wheat" in Velva , North Dakota, experiencing World War II firsthand as a news correspondent, Severeid's autobiography is an excellent behind-the-scene account of American experience.
Splendid reference on ethnic settlement, with a chapter devoted to each major ethnic group in the state. Stevens was the state of knowledge at time of publication; now dated, the work stands as a landmark in the history of botany on the northern plains. Interprets the response of northern plains people to the Great Depression in terms of their producerist culture-hence their ambivalence toward the New Deal. This work recounts Bell's background on a North Dakota farm and its influence on her career as a writer and editor. This memoir describes the life of a young Jewish girl who transplants from Russia to North Dakota with her family at the turn of the century.
Paul: Minnesota Historical Society Press, Born in Rugby, North Dakota, Watkins's award winning novel explores the dilemma of choosing between justice and loyalty to one's family. Includes Welk's boyhood in the German-Russian district of Strasburg, North Dakota, and his exploits as a regional bandsman.
The short photographer's essay by David Plowden, titled North Dakota, on its own makes this state history worth looking at. As the photo essay suggests, the authors do not provide a traditional commemorative history that lists names, dates, and statistics in chronological order: "The reader seeking these facts can find them elsewhere.
Rather we have attempted to convey some sense of the feel of the land and of the people who have devoted a century to it and to interpret the unique political experiments undertaken here" xi.
The authors accomplish this and the book is so well documented that even scholars are bound to discover useful and important anecdotes. Truly a pioneering work in advancing popular understanding of physical geography in the region. Lucidly written, and evocative of the author's passion for the land.
Paul: Graywolf, Autobiographical work that partakes of the time and place--the hard winter of in West River North Dakota--to make a work so soul-searching that it wants re-reading after a lapse of years.
Excellent diary by a Cass County pioneer who witnessed farm laborers migrating in search of work, survived degree winters while tending geraniums in her shanty window, and read poetry to keep in touch with the world she left back east. The North Dakota volume in the WPA's American Guide Series, this work is one of continuing fascination for its homely detail about communities, folklore, and highways in the Flicktertail State. Although far down on the list, it could easily be considered among the very best books written about the state. This is a political memoir which is as opinionated, irreverent, unpredictable, and interesting as any book about politics and political life in recent history, and it is also a very informative account of South Dakota's complicated cross-cultural dynamics.
One term in the U. House of Representatives and another in the Senate proved to enough for this son of Lebanese immigrants who grew up on the Rosebud Sioux Indian Reservation in western South Dakota. In the system but not of it, Senator Abourezk generally voted as a liberal Democrat, but in essence he was a party of one. This affectionately written reminiscence of life in rural eastern South Dakota in the s and s, clearly a pivotal time in all of America's history, is a revealing personal and family and community history.
In twenty-one stories, each entertainingly told from the perspective of a family member or a neighbor, the author intertwines reflections and descriptions very imaginatively, portraying a way of life which is past but also describing formative experiences which are important to an understanding of South Dakota's present. Nicholas Black Elk told John G.
Neihardt the intensely dramatic story of his life and great vision in a series of interviews at Black Elk's home on the Pine Ridge Reservation near Manderson, South Dakota. From Black Elk's narration, Neihardt shaped this world-renowned and classic book of Lakota culture and spirituality and history. This is perhaps the most influential book ever written about a resident of South Dakota. Many fine works have been written during the past decade correcting some errors in the original version of this book and questioning how much of it reflects Neihardt's vantage point rather than Nicholas Black Elk's observations.
Yet, even after these caveats are heeded, this book remains a classic in Plains Indian biography. This little-known but excellent novel about pioneer experience in north-central South Dakota was co-authored by a mother and daughter who combined their names to create the book's pen name. Well-received nationally when it was first published in , it faded into obscurity until it was reprinted in by the descendants of some of the people portrayed in it. Reminiscent of Willa Cather's novels in its dramatization of a strong and interesting female main character and in its picturesque characterization of the prairie landscape, this book is also a very revealing account of the difficulties encountered by American immigrants as they struggled to adjust to the people and the environment of their new land.
The author of this memoir, one of America's most famous journalists, has often spoken and written of his South Dakota origins through the years, and in this very engaging memoir, he adds memorable descriptions and stories to those references, in addition to describing his life and career since those formative growing- up years. In describing what he refers to as his "Tom Sawyer boyhood" along South Dakota's stretch of the Missouri River, the author quite eloquently depicts the landscapes and the people still so important to his idea of himself, and in the process speaks both personally and representatively of the whole experience of rural Midwestern childhood.
This heavily researched and lively narrative of the history of Missouri River water development plans in general and the battle over the Oahe irrigation project in particular offers an unusually insightful study of inside politics. While the author clearly sides with the forces arrayed against the project, he fully illuminates the motives, methods, successes, and failures of both sides in this long and divisive struggle.
This is the extraordinary story of how ordinary citizens worked together to frustrate the intentions of the Bureau of Reclamation and the irrigation and business establishment, achieving a singular victory in the history of development in the West. The poems and prose poems in this strong collection are memorable expressions of Dakota and Lakota history and culture and philosophy, and they are also telling commentaries on the causes and effects of change.
Each selection is a meditation on the nature of things, and the voice of this volume is by turns elegiac and ironic, ancestral and contemporary. The author, a nationally and internationally know essayist and fictionist and poet, has much to say about the two histories of South Dakota, and it is all worthy of careful consideration.
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These stories illustrate the determined struggle of tribal people to maintain cultural integrity in the face of pressures from the federal and state governments and from missionaries and white settlers to force them to abandon their lands, their spiritual practices, and their way of life. These stories are foundational for understanding the past which is also present. South Dakota ecology specialists recommend this book as the best general description of the prairie system. Its very informative text, which includes photographs by its keenly observant author, introduces the reader to all of the prairie landscape's organisms, and to the fascinating and heartening ecological cycles of birth, growth, death, and renewal on that landscape.
This especially interesting narrative is also a textbook of traditional plains Indian life. The author, a Yankton Dakota woman, was the prot? This novel is truly an impressive accomplishment: a beautiful dramatization of natural and human history and culture and a tribute to the knowledge and wisdom of its author and her people.
Over two centuries of the important family and tribal history of South Dakota's best-known author are contained in this book, as well as a variety of memorable photographs. In introductory chapters, the author creates necessary context for an earlier book written by an Episcopal churchwoman named Sarah Olden, then includes the text of Olden's book, The People of Tipi Sapa , and then concludes with an afterword.
Of particular note in this culturally rich text are the descriptions of the lives and times of the author's male ancestors who were religious leaders, from his medicine man great-grandfather to his Episcopal priest grandfather and father. Using the central image and metaphor of the quilt, the author of this rich text, South Dakota's National Humanities Medallist, describes and celebrates the strong and creative and purposeful tribal women from whom she has descended, and shares tribal history and legendry and her own meaningful coming-of-age stories in the process.
Included in this book, which was the winner of the American Indian Prose Award, are several very expressive poems and a variety of excellent illustrations, including family photographs.
This is a strongly-voiced and heartening work, a word-weaving which is an important addition to the whole history of the west. This wonderfully creative book juxtaposes stories of the adventures of the Lakota trickster Iktomi with those of the Norwegian Troll. The author succeeds admirably in showing the humanity of both cultures as this narrative unfolds. This is a text which promotes intercultural communication and mutual respect, and it is very valuable reading for both children and adults. This wonderful, true, emotional story of a boy raised by his grandparents on the Yankton Sioux Reservation in southeastern South Dakota is a memorable portrait of a family, a people, and a place.
This lively history of The Sturgis Motorcycle Rally, an annual South Dakota event which has become world-famous, is punctuated by profiles of a variety of the very interesting characters who have been and are actors in the drama of America's romance of the road. There are also numerous pictures and other illustrations and many historical and popular culture details throughout this engaging and informative book.
In this latest collection by South Dakota's poet laureate, energetic new poems are added to selections from four earlier books to present experiences ranging from events of the author's Iowa childhood to those of his travels in Southeast Asia to those of his many years of teaching and living in eastern South Dakota. Included in this volume is an autobiographical essay which poetically describes the author's process of becoming a poet and the evolution of his writing through the years, and "A South Dakota Inventory, ," a centennial poem which is an especially memorable multi-sensory naming of South Dakota people, places, and things.
First published in , this history of the creation of America's "Shrine of Democracy" by the strong-willed and controversial sculptor Gutzon Borglum is a carefully researched and very informative text. Complete with maps, photographs, and a chronology of events, and frank discussions of the various political and other conflicts which were part of the project, this book is clear and concise and very interesting reading.
Garland, the son of homesteaders who briefly homesteaded himself, was awarded the Pulitzer Prize for Literature in , primarily because of this autobiographical book which covers his years in Minnesota, Iowa, and South Dakota. At once an intensely personal account of family relationship and conflict and a panorama of American frontier life, this is a more sophisticated and literary work than many books about pioneering, but it is eminently readable.
This text, assembled to celebrate the year history of the South Dakota Humanities Council, explores a wide variety of interesting subjects, but its main emphasis is on South Dakota history and cultures.
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In poetry as well as prose, a number of the contributors thoughtfully examine the state's traditions and values. This collection of very accessible writings by some of the state's leading authors and scholars is an especially good demonstration of the important cross-cultural work done by the South Dakota Humanities Council through the years. Gilfillan, who graduated from the University of Pennsylvania with honors in , homesteaded in Harding County in the northwest part of the state and then was a sheepherder there for 16 years.
His highly polished style could be described as a combination of Thoreau, Twain, Mencken and Aldo Leopold. He is keenly observant of landscapes and animals of the prairie, witty, at times acerbic, and always entertaining. His vocation allows him time for his great passion, reading, and he writes on a variety of subjects. This book is unique in its comfortable mix of excellent observations of the prairie environment, along with philosophical, sociological, and historical commentary.
This scholarly but very accessible volume focuses upon what is arguably the most painful chapter in South Dakota history, the massacre at Wounded Knee, to provide telling and very informative commentary on the history of the struggles for justice for tribal people in the state.