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History of South Dakota, 4th Edition, Revised

By Herbert S Schell

Brand: South Dakota State Historical Society Press
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History of South Dakota, 4th Edition, Revised
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Herbert S. Schell provides a picture of South Dakota's political, economic, social, and environmental history, identifying the local, regional, national, and global forces that shaped the fortieth state through World War II. John E. Miller picks up the story at the beginning of the Cold War and chronicles the rest of the twentieth century.

Dakota: The Story of the Northern Plains

By Norman K. Risjord

Brand: University of Nebraska Press
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Dakota: The Story of the Northern Plains
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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.

On This Day in South Dakota History

By Brad Tennant

The History Press
Released: 2017-05-22
Paperback (160 pages)

On This Day in South Dakota History
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South Dakota is quietly nestled in the grasslands and Black Hills, but its history is far less hidden. One day at a time, author Brad Tennant presents intriguing, event-driven anecdotes of state history. On July 17, 1925, the state American Legion passed a resolution to initiate American Legion baseball. On April 29, 1930, Congress passed an act honoring the deceased chiefs of the Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe and the valiant men who made the supreme sacrifice in service in World War I. Celebrate an entire year of history in the Mount Rushmore State or enjoy it one day at a time.

A New South Dakota History Second Edition

By Herbert T. Hoover, Rex C. Myers, Betti C. VanEpps-Taylor, Lynwood E. Oyos, David A. Wolff, Arthur R. Huseboe & Michael J. Mullin

The Center for Western Studies
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This volume describes the past in South Dakota from prehistory to the outset of the twenty-first century. Some chapters provide new interpretations for topics already evaluated in the historical literature while others present themes not previously addressed in any publications. Sixteen authors include men and women who have earned the greatest recognition for their cultural and historical studies of the northern Great Plains. Accordingly, at the time of publication, the aggregate of their contributions must be regarded as a definitive study.

The Last Stand: Custer, Sitting Bull, and the Battle of the Little Bighorn

By Nathaniel Philbrick

Penguin Books
Released: 2011-04-26
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The Last Stand: Custer, Sitting Bull, and the Battle of the Little Bighorn
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"An engrossing and tautly written account of a critical chapter in American history." --Los Angeles Times

Nathaniel Philbrick, author of In the Hurricane's Eye, Pulitzer Prize finalist Mayflower, and Valiant Ambition, is a historian with a unique ability to bring history to life. The Last Stand is Philbrick's monumental reappraisal of the epochal clash at the Little Bighorn in 1876 that gave birth to the legend of Custer's Last Stand. Bringing a wealth of new information to his subject, as well as his characteristic literary flair, Philbrick details the collision between two American icons- George Armstrong Custer and Sitting Bull-that both parties wished to avoid, and brilliantly explains how the battle that ensued has been shaped and reshaped by national myth.

South Dakota Curiosities: Quirky Characters, Roadside Oddities & Other Offbeat Stuff (Curiosities Series)

By Bernie Hunhoff

Globe Pequot
Released: 2010-06-15
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South Dakota Curiosities: Quirky Characters, Roadside Oddities & Other Offbeat Stuff (Curiosities Series)
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The definitive collection of South Dakota's odd, wacky, and most offbeat people, places, and things, for South Dakota residents and anyone else who enjoys local humor and trivia with a twist.

Pa-ha-sa-pah: Or, The Black Hills of South Dakota. A Complete History of the Gold and Wonder-land of the Dakotas (1895)

By Peter Rosen

Released: 2019-09-22
Kindle Edition (455 pages)

Pa-ha-sa-pah:  Or, The Black Hills of South Dakota. A Complete History of the Gold and Wonder-land of the Dakotas (1895)
 
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"Peter Rosen came to the hills in 1882 and served as pastor of St. Ambrose in Deadwood." -Black Hills Gold Rush Towns (2010)
"Considered the only authentic history of the early times in the Black Hills country." - Catholic Heritage in Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota (1964)
"Peter Rosen became so interested in the Black Hills that he wrote an excellent book about them." - Longhorns Bring Culture (1961)
"Pa-Ha-Sa-Pah is a large and authoritative history of the South Dakota." - History of South Dakota (1904)


Arriving in Deadwood, Dakota Territory, 1882, with the most imposing task of Christianizing its inhabitants and the nearby hostile tribes, Rev. Peter Rosen (1850-1906) would serve as a missionary for 7 years in the Black Hills, before eventually writing the authoritative history of the hills in his 1895 book "Pa-ha-sa-pah: Or, The Black Hills of South Dakota."

While living in Deadwood Rev. Rosen became interested in Black Hills history and started collecting any writing he could to gain a comprehensive history. His collection would include local newspapers, books, government reports, church records, the writings of Fr. Pierre DeSmet, and pioneer and soldiers' stories heard on his travels around the Hills.

Rev. Rosen's book "Pa-ha-sa-pah, or, The Black Hills of South Dakota" is a series of six books published as a single volume, with the first three comprising the Native American history in the Black Hills, including Black Hills mythologies, and long associations with the ‘Hills. Early French, Spanish, and American explorations, as well as gold discover, early settlement, conflict with hostile tribes make up the remainder of the comprehensive history.


In describing mining camps around the Black Hills, Rosen writes:

"When a company of men find a new gold-gulch and begin to work at it, they call the village which grows up there a camp, and give it some name which is just as likely to be absurd as it is to be appropriate. Golden Gate, Sheep's Tail, Potato Gulch, Ruby, Black Tail, and Go-to-Hell Gulch, Two-Bit, and dozens of other comical names are examples. The miners hastily throw up little log cabins, six or eight logs high, covered with a roof of poles and dirt, and having nothing better than the hard tramped earth for floor."

Regarding the wild days of Deadwood, Rosen notes that "saloons multiplied astonishingly, and gambling was carried on without limit and without regard to hours — in fact all hours, day and night, were alike—and 'always open.' ... The years 1876 and 1877 were characterized by much lawlessness and a considerable number of men were killed in the frequent quarrels. The town was full of gamblers and shooting was a common pastime...."

In describing one desperate battle pitting Sitting Bull's warriors against General Crook's troops, Rosen writes:

"Crazy Horse, with three hundred lodges, was about twenty miles away.... He made a demonstration against the command between three and four o'clock p. m. with a large force of warriors. Quick as a flash of lightning the men formed a magnificent skirmish-line around the camp and inclosed the village, prisoners, horses, and captured ponies; the onslaught of the enemy was greeted with ringing cheers. The men in their eagerness did some wild shooting at the beginning, but they soon set to steady work, forgetting that they were hungry and wet. Crazy Horse made persistent efforts to find a weak place ..."

In the Black Hills, Rev. Rosen had to share the ups and downs of a new mining country, but stood at his post for nearly eight years, and no man in any sphere of life could have worked harder than he did. A friend of the poor, the orphans and the homeless, he was charitable almost to a fault. Many a broken down miner or poverty-stricken tenderfoot was indebted to him for a safe return home. The work done in the Black Hills and the affection had gained in the hearts of his people remained for many years.

Outlaw Tales of South Dakota: True Stories of the Mount Rushmore State's Most Infamous Crooks, Culprits, and Cutthroats, Second Edition

By Griffith

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Released: 2015-05-01
Paperback (176 pages)

Outlaw Tales of South Dakota: True Stories of the Mount Rushmore State s Most Infamous Crooks, Culprits, and Cutthroats, Second Edition
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From Wild Bill Hickok to Lame Johnny, Jack McCall to Lee "Curly" Grimes, the most notorious desperadoes and their deeds are featured in this history of the Mount Rushmore State. Through these astonishing true stories, Outlaw Tales of South Dakota introduces you to a state you thought you knew--and a West wilder than you ever imagined.

A New Deal for South Dakota: Drought, Depression, and Relief, 19201941

By R Alton Lee

South Dakota Historical Society
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A New Deal for South Dakota: Drought, Depression, and Relief, 19201941
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During the 1920s and 1930s, South Dakota's agriculture-based economy collapsed. Political historian R. Alton Lee examines state and federal efforts to fight the effects of perennial drought and the Great Depression, focusing on the administration of New Deal relief programs by both Democratic and Republican officials.

Pioneer Days in the Black Hills: Accurate History and Facts Related By One of the Early Day Pioneers

By John S. McClintock

University of Oklahoma Press
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Pioneer Days in the Black Hills: Accurate History and Facts Related By One of the Early Day Pioneers
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Pioneer Days in the Black Hills is a rough-and-tumble account of the early days of Deadwood, Dakota Territory. In 1874, after leading an expedition into the Black Hills, George Armstrong Custer announced that he had found gold "among the roots of the grass." Almost overnight a number of settlements sprang into existence. Among them was Deadwood.

In April 1876, John S. McClintock arrived in search of gold. Entering a series of speculations and employments that won him moderate prosperity, he made Deadwood his home. During his later years, he wrote his memoirs, presented here for the first time in half a century.



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