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Dakota : the story of the northern plains

Author: Norman K Risjord
Publisher: Lincoln : University of Nebraska Press, ©2012.
Edition/Format:   Book : State or province government publication : EnglishView all editions and formats
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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  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Material Type: Government publication, State or province government publication
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Norman K Risjord
ISBN: 9780803269293 0803269293
OCLC Number: 785862601
Description: xi, 269 pages : illustrations, maps ; 22 cm
Contents: A Sea of Wind-Blown Grass --
Lords of the Northern Plains --
Explorers and Fur Traders, 1730-1800 --
Ventures under the American Flag, 1800-1837 --
From "Desert" to Gold Mine --
Prairie Farms and Statehood --
The Road to Wounded Knee --
Political Prairie Fires, 1890-1920 --
Mount Rushmore : Conceived in Prosperity, Born of Depression --
Paths to the Present.
Responsibility: Norman K. Risjord.

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