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Dakota: The Story of the Northern Plains

By Norman K. Risjord

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The northern plains are often ignored by the rest of the nation or, if not, are mentioned in the context of the weather, Mount Rushmore, or the Black Hills. However, North Dakota and South Dakota have a colorful past—and present—deserving of greater recognition.

Norman K. Risjord relates the remarkable histories of these two states, from the geological formation of the Great Plains to economic changes in the twenty-first century. Risjord takes the reader on a journey through the centuries detailing the first human inhabitants of the northern plains, the Lewis and Clark expedition, homesteading and railroad building, the political influence of the Progressive movement, the building of Mount Rushmore, and Wounded Knee II. Included are stories of such noteworthy characters as French explorer Vérendrye, the Lakota leader Red Cloud, North Dakota political boss Alexander McKenzie, and South Dakota Democrat George S. McGovern.

Despite the shared topography and the rivers that course through both states, the diverse reactions of the two states to the challenges of the twentieth century provide opportunities for arresting comparisons. This captivating look at the Dakotas’ geography, ecology, politics, and culture is essential reading for Dakotans and those interested in the rich history of this important region.

History of North Dakota

By Elwyn B. Robinson

Brand: North Dakota State University, Institute for
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History of North Dakota
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Elwyn Robinson's sweeping HISTORY OF NORTH DAKOTA has become one of America's classic state histories. It has been reviewed as "astonishingly comprehensive" and "fascinating." One of the state's great professors and historians takes into account not only politics, but sociology, economics, ethnology, theology, nature studies, and geography to describe North Dakota to the world and to itself.

Geography, in particular, formed the basis of Robinson's historical interpretation. His "too-much mistake," the belief that North Dakota built too much, too fast, in an isolated area buffeted by a difficult climate, has become the guiding principle for a quarter century of historical debate on Dakota plains history.

Long out of print, Robinson's 1966 work has now been reissued by the North Dakota Institute for Regional Studies at North Dakota State University, Fargo. Included are a new preface by UND history professor D. Jerome Tweton, and a new postscript by NDSU history professor David B. Danbom. Both recognized experts on plains history, Professor Tweton examines the themes and the time of Robinson, while Professor Danbom brings the state's history from the mid-1960s to the present. Also new in this edition are 41 photos and illustrations.

I paid all my debts: A Norwegian-American Immigrant Saga of Life on the Prairie of North Dakota

By Lloyd Svendsbye

Lutheran University Press
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The prospect of 160 acres of free land enticed thousands of Norwegians to immigrate to America, with high hopes for a better, more prosperous life. Those who settled in North Dakota never expected they would need several times that amount of land, nor did they imagine the high costs involved in meeting the homestead requirements. This is a story of two families for whom the promise of America miscarried. As they reached a point of borrowing money to move their dream forward the depression hit, as did a drought on the prairie. But the family spirits never died, and the immigrants never wished to be elsewhere.

North Dakota: Counties - Towns & People: The Complete Edition

By Joseph Gavett

Joseph L. Gavett
Released: 2014-08-16
Kindle Edition (916 pages)

North Dakota: Counties - Towns & People: The Complete Edition
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North Dakota Counties - Towns & People is a story of the counties, towns, and people of the Flickertail State. Unfortunately, time and space do not allow a more in-depth presentation. Instead, my approach has been to cover the lives of a select few of the early settlers, and the counties and towns they helped settle. Originally published in three parts, Part I in 2007, Part II in 2008, and Part III in 2009, North Dakota Counties – Towns & People won the 20th and 22nd annual G. K. Haukebo Heritage Resource Award in the Historical Emphasis Category.
My love affair with history, especially the history of North Dakota, had its beginnings during the early 1950s. I was, at that time, a student attending St. Leo’s, a parochial school in Minot, North Dakota. The subject being discussed was life among the Mandan Indians, as told through the words of early explorers. From that day forward, I have always had a special place in my heart for the history of North Dakota.
In the process of writing this story, I have used a variety of sources, including newspapers, letters, diaries, government records, W.P.A. records, and the memories of descendants. Together, these records allow us to roll back the hands of time to the early days of North Dakota.
Generally speaking, the names of Bismarck, Fargo, Grand Forks, Jamestown, and Minot are familiar names to many Americans. But what of the other cities, little towns, and communities scattered here and there across the fifty-three counties that make up the face of North Dakota.
Counties like Adams, Dickey, Logan, Oliver, Pembina, and Sioux; Towns like Cannon Ball, Center, Ellendale, Mountain, Napoleon, and Reeder; People like Pierce Blewett, Rose O’Boyle, Gottfried Hass, Thor Hauge, Capt. William Larrabee, Eva McCoy, Abraham Youngquist, to name but a few.
There are even those towns like Mineral Springs, Wamduska, and Wheelock that remain only in our memories—memories of a time now past; a time when the land first beckoned the homesteaders and town builders to come. Come and build a new life for you and your family here in the land of the flickertail.

North Dakota (ND) (Images of America)

By Larry Aasen

Brand: Arcadia Publishing
Released: 2000-08-28
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North Dakota   (ND)  (Images of America)
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During the early years of the 20th century, American families witnessed amazing changes in their daily lives―the arrival of plumbing and electricity in their homes, the first automobiles, and thanks to the Eastman Kodak Company, the first affordable, portable, photographic instrument, the box camera. Many families purchased the box camera (for $1) and began to document their own histories. It is upon these histories that North Dakota places its focus.
Nowhere were the changes so dramatic as on the Great Plains, and in the state of North Dakota especially. Due to the huge influx of immigrants, mostly from Scandinavia, the state’s population more than doubled from 1900 to 1940, roughly the period covered in North Dakota. But this was also a time of
hardship and struggle, as the Great Depression, the
Dustbowl, and war took their toll on North Dakota
families. But through hard work and perseverence, most of these families survived, and thrived, and now
share with us the story of that time.

Dakota: A Spiritual Geography

By Kathleen Norris

Mariner Books
Released: 2001-04-06
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A beautiful meditation on life in the Great Plains from award-winning author and poet Kathleen Norris.

Kathleen Norris invites readers to experience rich moments of prayer and presence in Dakota, a timeless tribute to a place in the American landscape that is at once desolate and sublime, harsh and forgiving, steeped in history and myth. In thoughtful, discerning prose, she explores how we come to inhabit the world we see, and how that world also inhabits us. Her voice is a steady assurance that we can, and do, chart our spiritual geography wherever we go.

North Dakota Magazine: Popular History of North Dakota, Vol. III, No. 4, September, 1909

By Clement A. Lounsberry

Leopold Classic Library
Released: 2016-08-25
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North Dakota Magazine: Popular History of North Dakota, Vol. III, No. 4, September, 1909
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The True Story Of How Standing Rock Fell

By Marty Skovlund Jr.

Marty Skovlund, Jr.
Released: 2017-03-31
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The True Story Of How Standing Rock Fell is an investigative essay written through the eyes of author Marty Skovlund, Jr. as he details the final days of the Oceti protest camp on the Standing Rock Sioux Indian Reservation. Braving extreme weather as well as the volatile stand off between the Dakota Access Pipeline and the self-proclaimed water protectors, he searches for the unbiased truth of what actually happened.

This long form essay is the only account that offers the reader access to not only the protesters, but also the law enforcement and private military contractors who opposed them for nearly six months.

The Old North Trail: Life, Legends and Religion of the Blackfeet Indians (Forgotten Books)

By Walter Eric Sidney McClintock

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Walter McClintock went to Montana with a US Forestry Service expedition in 1896. He spent the next four years living on the land with the Blackfeet, one of the most northern of the Great Plains tribes. He was adopted into the tribe by the Chief Mad Dog, and got a chance to learn their traditions firsthand. The book presents Blackfeet folklore and religious traditions in context. The narrative of his gradual adoption into Blackfeet society is a classic Western tale, but it is also a classic of 19th century ethnography. Unfettered by modern anthropological protocols and given total access by his hosts, McClintock produced the primary source on the Blackfeet just after the collapse of their traditional way of life. (Quote from

About the Author

Lewis Spence (1874 - 1955)
James Lewis Thomas Chalmbers Spence (November 25, 1874 - March 3, 1955) was a Scottish journalist, folklorist, poet and occult scholar.

A prolific writer, Spence has been credited in reviving the study of Scottish folklore. After an early career in Scotland as a journalist, about 1906 he began to take a keen interest folklore and mythology. He wrote about Brythonic rites and traditions in The Mysteries of Britain (1905). In this book, Spence theorized that the original Britons were descendants of a people that migrated from Northwest Africa and were probably related to the Berbers and the Basques-this claim is being supported by recent DNA studies.

He then turned to ancient Mexican and Central American mythology. In 1908, he published The Popul Vuh, the sacred book of the Quiche Mayas. This was followed by A Dictionary of Mythology in 1910 and numerous additional volumes.

Spence's researches into the mythology and culture of the New World, together

Lots More Fun That Way: Amateur Baseball in North Dakota

By Terry Bohn

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Lots More Fun That Way: Amateur Baseball in North Dakota
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Despite being mostly rural and having a small population, at one time nearly every small town in North Dakota fielded an amateur baseball team. The annual state tournament, held every August in Jamestown, was one of the largest of its kind anywhere in the country. Lots More Fun That Way: The First Thirty Years of Amateur Baseball in North Dakota, is the story of the story of the growth of the state's amateur baseball organization after its formation after World War II up until the 1960s when the availability of other recreational opportunities resulted in a decline in participation. It is also the story of the men who played, many of whom are still living, and their memories of this period in North Dakota history.

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