BOOKS FROM THE NORTHERN PLAINS
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THE INTERIOR B ORDERLANDS Regional Identity in the Midwest and Great Plains EDITED BY JON K. LAUCK, UNIVERSITY OF SOUTH DAKOTA Where does the Midwest end and the Great Plains begin? And does it matter? The authors of essays in this collection believe such questions are important to understanding how regional identity forms and persists—or erodes and even disappears. The transition zone between the American Midwest and the Great Plains is a borderland. –Jon K. Lauck
Map by Christopher Laingen
James S. Aber Susan W. Aber Julie Courtwright James Davis Anna Thompson Hajdik Rachael Hanel Debbie Hanson Maria Howe Mara W. Cohen Ioannides Chris Laingen Matthew Luckett Nathalie Massip Michael J. Mullin Paula Nelson Lance Nixon David Pichaske Jay Price Joe Schiller Brad Tennant Will Weaver Gleaves Whitney
ABOUT THE EDITOR: Recent books by Jon K. Lauck are From Warm Center to Ragged Edge: The Erosion of Midwestern Regionalism, 1920-1965 (2017) and The Lost Region: Toward a Revival of Midwestern History (2013). He is also co-editor of The Plains Political Tradition: Essays on South Dakota Political Culture (2011, 2014, and 2018). ISBN: 978-0-931170-12-6 300 pages Price: $15.00
THE THRESHER A NOVEL BY HERBERT KRAUSE WITH INTRODUCTION BY PATRICK HICKS ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Herbert Krause was a poet, novelist, essayist, ornithologist, and environmentalist of the Northern Plains. Born in Minnesota, the setting of his three novels—Wind Without Rain (1939), The Thresher (1946), and The Oxcart Trail (1954)—he moved west over the course of his career. Both in his writing and teaching, he extolled “the vastness and the richness of the land, the leveling of democracy, the freedom of action and the independence of the spirit.”
ABOUT PATRICK HICKS: Patrick Hicks is successor to Herbert Krause as Writer-in-Residence at Augustana University. He is the author of the novel The Commandant of Lubizec (2014), as well as six poetry collections, including Adoptable (2014) and This London (2010). He is also the editor of A Harvest of Words (2010), a collection of contemporary South Dakota poetry. Hicks’ collection of short stories, The Collector of Names, was published in 2015, and he is currently at work on a new novel.
For Johnny Black, the young man we meet in Herbert Krause’s classic Minnesota farm novel The Thresher, his dream of becoming a member of a steam-powered threshing crew has come true. As fireman, he builds the fire that generates the steam and blows the whistle to wake up the rest of the crew. But, as writer Patrick Hicks explains in his introduction, commissioned especially for this edition, Johnny’s ambitions far exceed mastering this new technology, and what he is willing to sacrifice to achieve them is the driving force of the novel. ISBN: 978-0-931170-89-8 510 pages Price: $10.00
CONSERVATION ON THE NORTHERN PLAINS New Perspectives EDITED BY ANTHONY J. AMATO, SOUTHWEST MINNESOTA STATE UNIVERSITY, FOREWORD BY DENNIS ANDERSON, OUTDOORS EDITOR AND COLUMNIST, MINNEAPOLIS STAR-TRIBUNE
AUTHORS: Anthony J. Amato William Hoffman Peter Carrels Linda M. Hasselstrom Lisa Payne Ossian Barry L. Stiefel Miles D. Lewis Andrea Glessner Stephen L. Eliason Joseph A. Amato
ISBN: 978-0-931170-95-9 215 Pages Price: $12.00
Conservation on the Northern Plains: New Perspectives challenges widespread assumptions about people and nature, reframing understandings of both in the process. In eleven essays, ten authors trek across the Plains to find the people, places, and stories that define conservation. In addressing conservation’s reach, the authors reflect on the ordinary, the extraordinary, and the spaces in between, covering species ranging from horses to honeybees and from pheasants to wolves. Each essay is a call to revisit conservation and re-engage in discussions of use and the environment. This collection tackles conservation issues in eight states and Canada, giving special attention to Colorado, Iowa, Kansas, Minnesota, Montana, North Dakota, South Dakota, and Wyoming.
“. . . the essayists in this volume will help readers understand the vitality and potential of one of North America’s most distinctive and productive landscapes.” — Greg Breining, author of Wild Shore and Paddle North
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OUTLAW DAKOTA The Murderous Times and Criminal Trials of Frontier Judge Peter C. Shannon BY WAYNE FANEBUST
ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Wayne Fanebust has practiced law in California and served as corporate legal counsel in South Dakota. He is the author of several books, including Chasing Frank and Jesse James, Major General Alexander M. McCook, USA: A Civil War Biography, and Tales of Dakota Territory.
ISBN: 978-0-931170-56-0 436 pages, photos Price: $14.00
Dakota Territory was a rough-and-tumble country in the 1870s. Pioneer settlement had largely bypassed this land, home of the Plains Indians. But with the end of the Civil War, thousands of adventurers made their way up the Missouri River and out onto the plains. Rumors of gold in the Black Hills, even before Custer’s 1874 expedition, enticed many a fortune seeker to Dakota Territory, where lawlessness ruled the day. Tackett’s Station, where some customers paid with their lives, the free-for-all that was Deadwood, and the nefarious river towns of Yankton and Pierre were rife with outlaws. To the Dakota frontier in 1873, President Grant sent Peter C. Shannon as the new Chief Justice of the Dakota Territory Supreme Court. A Pennsylvanian, Shannon brought the rule of law, trying murderers, horse thieves, vigilantes, men of fortune, women of the night, and a passel of blacklegs! Among Shannon’s most notorious cases were those of Jack McCall, who swung for the assassination of Wild Bill Hickok, the Snake Creek lynching, the murder of Civil War hero Gen. Edwin McCook by “ arch-villain of the West” Peter Wintermute, the triple lynching at Hangman’s Hill in Rapid City, the Independence Day murder at Crow Creek, the doctor-turned-highwayman John Parsons,the Indian Ring run by Dr. Livingston, and gambler George Knowlton’s cold-blooded shooting of Black Hills-bound miner David Rauck. “I’ll have it understood that this court is a gentleman.” — Justice Shannon to Defense Attorney R. F. Pettigrew Shannon was “the complete judge—fair, fearless, dignified, and in control,” writes author Wayne Fanebust. Perhaps too good a judge, for he fell victim to political machinations at the highest levels. Making no pretext of objectivity, newspapers served powerful political factions, attacking judges and politicians alike, and Fanebust makes use of these rich resources to capture the sensationalism that pervaded life in Dakota Territory.
LITTLE BUSINESS ON THE PRAIRIE Entrepreneurship, Prosperity, and Challenge in South Dakota BY ROBERT E. WRIGHT
ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Robert E. Wright is the Nef Family Chair of Political Economy at Augustana University where he has taught courses in business, economics, government, and history since 2009. He is the co-author or co-editor of over 20 books, including Corporation Nation (2014), Guide to U.S. Economic Policy (2014), Genealogy of American Finance (2015), and The Poverty of Slavery: How Unfree Labor Pollutes the Economy (2017). Dr. Wright has taught at Temple University, the University of Virginia, and New York University's Stern School of Business.
ISBN: 978-0-931170-68-3 340 pages, photos Price: $12.00
“Wright has written a timely and well-researched book, in which he showcases how entrepreneurship has created economic growth and development in the highly resourceful, economically vibrant, and strikingly beautiful Mount Rushmore State.” — Joseph M. Santos, South Dakota State University, EH.Net (Economic History Association). Used by permission. In his new study of entrepreneurship in South Dakota, Little Business on the Prairie, economic historian Robert Wright reviews the state’s economic history through the lenses of its public policies, politics, and institutions of governance. The book demonstrates that an economy that suffers from palpable disadvantages, like long distance from major markets and low population density, will still thrive if it is governed efficiently. In other words, crucial public goods like education, infrastructure, and justice should be provided at minimal cost, and entrepreneurs should not be burdened with excessive regulatory and tax expense. Economic performance suffers when governance is poor and public goods are provided at an unnecessarily high cost. This Wright shows by comparing South Dakota to other states and by examining the economies of the state's Indian reservations. Public goods provision on reservations is spotty and generally very poor and, not surprising, reservation economies lag far behind that of the state even though individual Native Americans have shown considerable entrepreneurial skill. Little Business on the Prairie concludes with Wright’s prescription for confronting the economic and governance challenges that lie ahead for South Dakota.
“Wright's book should make him the darling of the South Dakota Chamber of Commerce, for never has the history of the state's economic development been so admiringly and admirably detailed. The book is an avid exercise in South Dakota boosterism -- scarcely a celebrity with roots to the state goes unmentioned.” — Ron Michener, University of Virginia
REVEILLE FOR S IOUX FALLS: A World War II Army Air Forces Technical School Changes a South Dakota City BY LYNWOOD E. OYOS
ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Dr. Lynwood E. Oyos was Professor Emeritus of History at Augustana University. He was the author of many scholarly publications, including The Family Farmersâ€™ Advocate: South Dakota Farmers Union, 1914-2000 (2000) and chapters in A New South Dakota History (2nd ed., 2009), both publications of the Center for Western Studies at Augustana University.
ISBN: 978-0-931170-97-3 220 pages, photos Price: $10.00
The population of metropolitan Sioux Falls today exceeds 200,000 people. Whereas agribusiness was once its primary industry, now the city is also the center of healthcare, education, and financial services for a four-state region. Originally the site of Plains Indian encampments along the falls of the Big Sioux River, followed in the 1860s by English, Scandinavian, and German settlers, Sioux Falls today boasts remarkable ethnic diversity, with over fifty different languages spoken in the city school district. Many of these changes began with the advent in 1942 of the Army Air Forces Technical School.
"This is an excellent, comprehensive, informative study of a wartime town on the northern Great Plains." — Great Plains Quarterly
In this illustrated history of the military technical school, author Lynwood E. Oyos proposes that, along with its air base, the school changed Sioux Falls in the post-World War II era as much as the railroads did in the nineteenth century. The radio communication school, where 45,000 men and women trained through 1945, brought new wealth to the community, changed social attitudes about women and minorities, stimulated construction of new homes and businesses, contributed to the city’s first industrial park, and created Sioux Falls’ first modern airport.
FORT SISSETON BY HAROLD H. SCHULER
ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Harold H. Schuler was the author of several books on South Dakota, including two previous fort histories, Fort Pierre Chouteau and Fort Sully: Guns at Sunset. A former assistant to United Sates Senator Francis Case and a retired Pierre, South Dakota, businessman, he was vice president of the Board of Trustees of the South Dakota State Historical Society.
ISBN: 978-0-931170-62-1 283 pages, photos Price: $10.00
Harold H. Schulerâ€™s Fort Sisseton is the only comprehensive history of the military fort that was established in Dakota Territory in 1864 along the main travel route of the Dakota Sioux. Responding initially to the Dakota War of 1862, the War Department operated Fort Sisseton until its disbandment in 1889. Extensively researched at the National Archives and South Dakota State Archives, Fort Sisseton recounts the military history of the post, including the activities of the Frontier Indian Scout Force and the midnight ride of Samuel J. Brown in 1866 to warn of an impending attack. Originally called Fort Wadsworth, the fort has also served as a ranch, hunting lodge, and gunnery range. Today, restored to its Dakota Territory origins, Fort Sisseton State Park is the site of the annual Fort Sisseton Historical Festival. Besides telling in detail the story of the fort and the life of its officers and men, Schulerâ€™s book brings together a rich horde of more than sixty photographs, maps, and drawings, including such illustrations as a map of Fort Sisseton roads and Indian mounds (1864), examples of Indian agent and military correspondence, and photographs of tribal people, fort officers and men, and interior and exterior views of many of the buildings at the fort.
A NEW S OUTH DAKOTA HISTORY Second Edition EDITED BY HARRY F. THOMPSON
AUTHORS: Essays and chapters by Virginia Driving Hawk Sneve, Herbert Hoover, John Miller, Edward Hogan, Michael Mullin, Rex Myers, Gary Olson, Lynwood Oyos, Ron Robinson, Betti VanEpps-Taylor, David Wolff, Ruth Alexander, Carol Hoover, Arthur Huseboe, Bob Lee, and Vine Deloria, Jr. Harry F. Thompson is the Executive Director of the Center for Western Studies and author of several revisionist articles about the intersection of history and literature, including a recent article on Willa Cather in Interdisciplinary Literary Studies.
ISBN: 978-0-931170-00-3 648 pages, photos Price: $15.00
“. . . a gift to South Dakota” — South Dakota Magazine
“Almost no topic is neglected…an excellent resource made especially accessible by the topical chapters. Summing Up: Highly recommended. All libraries, especially those on the Great Plains, and for researchers at all levels.” — American Library Association’s Choice
Recipient of the 2006 Leadership in History Award from the American Association for State and Local History, “the most prestigious recognition for achievement in the preservation and interpretation of state and local history.” Over 100 photographs, extensive notes, and recommended readings.
“. . . simply amazing…the amount and quality of information is indeed impressive…tells the story of South Dakota from a variety of perspectives in a manner that is at once both engaging and compelling…belongs in all South Dakota libraries.” — South Dakota Library Association’s Book Marks
“. . . detailed, readable, and brings the South Dakota story in its many facets completely up to date, a great service to the public and to scholars working in the field of Great Plains, agricultural, or Native American history.” — Great Plains Quarterly
A HARVEST O F WORDS Contemporary South Dakota Poetry EDITED BY PATRICK HICKS
AUTHORS: David Allan Evans Lee Ann Roripaugh Lydia Whirlwind Soldier Jeanne Emmons Virginia Driving Hawk Sneve Debra Nystrom Allison Hedge Coke Patrick Hicks Leo Dangel Jim Reese Elizabeth Cook-Lynn Dennis Sampson Christine Stewart-NuÃ±ez Linda Hasselstrom
ISBN: 978-0-931170-03-4 248 pages Price: $20.00
For the very first time, some of South Dakota’s best poets have been gathered together into one book. A Harvest of Words offers an excellent snapshot of poetic life as it currently exists in the state and each of these literary artists has been given an entire chapter to showcase their award-winning work. Their writing illuminates what it means to come from this state, from this region, and from this country.
“A Harvest of Words provides a rare and nourishing bounty intended for a variety of poetic tastes. The voices are rich and thoughtful and confident, inviting the outsider (us) to share in their varied experiences and the stories of heritage and identity, as well as to investigate our own stories.” — Western American Literature
Patrick Hicks is the Writer-in-Residence at Augustana University, where he teaches courses on creative writing as well as Irish Literature. He is the author of The Commandant of Lubizec: A Novel of the Holocaust and Operation Reinhard (2014), published by Steerforth/Random House, as well as six poetry collections, most recently Adoptable (2014) and This London (2010), both from Ireland’s prestigious press, Salmon Poetry. His work has appeared in some of the most vital literary journals in the nation. He has been nominated seven times for the Pushcart Prize, has won the “Glimmer Train Fiction Award,” and has received several individual artist grant awards from such institutions as the Bush Artist Foundation and the South Dakota Arts Council. His work with PBS’s Over South Dakota was nominated for an Emmy. His collection of short stories, The Collector of Names, was published by Schaffner Press and he is currently at work on a new novel.
HERBERT KRAUSEâ€™S PRAIRIE TRILOGY Wind Without Rain Winner of the Friends of American Writers Award, this 1939 novel chronicles the coming of age of four Minnesota brothers in the often harsh environment of a German-American family and community.
ISBN: 0-88498-045-6 364 pages Price: $10.00
The Thresher WITH AN INTRODUCTION BY PATRICK HICKS, WRITER-IN RESIDENCE, AUGUSTANA UNIVERSITY
This 1946 novel is considered the finest literary treatment of the coming of steam power to the prairie plains, as seen through the life of rebel Johnny Black.
ISBN: 0-931170-89-3488 510 pages Price: $10.00
The Oxcart Trail Set in the early 1850s in St. Paul, this 1954 novel follows the journey of Shawnie Dark, a young Easterner who goes west to escape his past.
ISBN: 0-88498-047-2 507 pages Price: $10.00
Natural History of the Black Hills and Badlands BY SVEN G. FROILAND, with a section on the Badlands by Ronald Weedon (includes the S.D. Geological Survey Map of the Black Hills) A perennial favorite for visitors to the western areas of South Dakota.
ISBN: 978-0-931170-47-8 225 pages Price: $18.00
Birding in the Northern Plains Edited by Ronald R. Nelson ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Birding in the Northern Plains: The Ornithological Writings of Herbert Krause chronicles the high adventures of one of America's most dedicated bird watchers and environmentalists.
ISBN: 978-0931170-87-4 252 pages Price: $8.00
Writer-in-Residence at Augustana University, Herbert Krause was the author of the novels Wind Without Rain and The Thresher. He was the founder of the South Dakota Ornithologistsâ€™ Union and a founding director of the Center for Western Studies.
What Herbert Krause brings to telling the stories of the birds of the Great Plains is his love of the rich variety of wildlife here especially its sheer profusion - and his novelist's ability to give every individual bird he visits its own character and personality.
THE BULL RIDER’S ADVICE: NEW AND SELECTED POEMS BY DAVID ALLAN EVANS FORMER SOUTH DAKOTA POET LAUREATE These poems reflect not only Evans’ passion for the drama of sports—he is one of the country’s best-known poets on that subject—but also his observations of animals, his father’s lasting influence on him, and of relationships among people, along with the positive and negative results ISBN: 0-931170-81-8 of those relationships. 95 pages
Impressions of Tribal Life WITH ESSAYS BY HERBERT T. HOOVER AND HARRY F. THOMPSON Impressions of Tribal Life compiles photographs, now at CWS, taken by Father Ambrose Mattingly, OSB, who came to the Crow Creek Reservation in South Dakota in August 1888 as a priest with Immaculate Conception Indian Mission at Stephan. The photo book features digital scans of glass plate images that have been enhanced by combining them with Native American artifacts to add color and texture.
A limited-edition book from Kodak 50 pages Price: $20.00
VOICES OF THE NORTHERN PLAINS Exhibition Catalogue EDITED BY HARRY F. THOMPSON, EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR THE CENTER FOR WESTERN STUDIES
An educational supplement to the Voices of the Northern Plains exhibition, exploring further its emphasis on the historical ethnic diversity of the region and its purpose in pointing to the rich resources found in the archives and other collections at the Center for Western Studies, which are available for study and research. Through Voices of the Northern Plains, a dramatic re-envisioning of the core museum exhibits in the Center for Western Studies, visitors travel across 300 years of life in the Northern Plains (1700-2000) . . . from the Oneota village at Blood Run near the Big Sioux River to the Corps of Discoveryâ€™s encounter with the Sioux along the Missouri River . . . from the Dakota and Lakota adaptation of Euro-American technology during Plains Indian dominance to resistance by Red Cloud and Crazy Horse during the Plains Indian Wars . . . from the arrival of early missionaries and the coming of homesteaders to the imaginative re-creation of the frontier era in the novels of Cather, RĂślvaag, Krause, and Manfred . . . from the persistence of indigenous cultures to the enduring immigrant values seen in Euro-American folk art and the commitment to education by the Boe family in establishing the Boe Forum on Public Affairs. Visit this exhibit and the art galleries of Center for Western Studies in Sioux Falls!
ISBN: 978-0-931170-88-1 70 pages richly illustrated in color FREE
COME AND VISIT! MUSEUM & ART GALLERIES • Historical exhibits Voices of the Northern Plains depict 300 years of life in the Northern Plains. • Rotating art exhibitions in the 10,000-square-foot Madsen/Nelson/ Elmen/Simmons Galleries. • Selections from the 1,000-piece Fine Art and Ethnographic collections on display.
LIBRARY & ARCHIVES • Herbert Krause Library of 40,000 books and bound periodicals about the West. • Northern Great Plains cultures, South Dakota, and Sioux Falls related documents. SIGNATURE EVENTS • Boe Forum on Public Affairs brings national and international speakers. • Artists of the Plains Art Show & Sale features 25 top Great Plains artists. • Dakota Conference focuses on contemporary Northern Plains issues in their historical context.
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