Friday, November 13, 2009
Homestead Reading: List One
By John Carter
"Dugouts and sod houses were the only shelter for homesteaders in the 1870s and '80s on railroad and government land grants of the Nebraska plains. Twenty years later, there were frame houses, farm machinery, even automobiles and an emerging Main Street here and there. S. D. Butcher, a self-confessed pioneer failure who, happily, was successful at photography, recorded it all. In this vibrant collection of Butcher pictures from the University of Nebraska files, we see, for the most part, family portraits with farm and ranch backgrounds, but there are also schoolchildren, skating parties, rodeos, pretty cowgirls, and pelts nailed to the barn door. Carter's text, and quotes from regional authors, retrace the story of heartland America. The high quality of the reproductions from antique glass negatives helps make this a superb portrait of a bygone time." (from a Publishers Weekly review)
Published in 1985 by University of Nebraska Press.
By Donna M. Lucey
Published in 2000 by Mountain Press Publishing Company.
Homesteading: A Montana Family Album
By Percy Wollaston
Published in 1999 by Penguin.
Land in Her Own Name: Women as Homesteaders in North Dakota
By H. Elaine Lindgren
Published in 1996 by the University of Oklahoma Press
Women of the Northern Plains: Gender and Settlement on the Homestead Frontier, 1870 – 1930
By Barbara Handy-Marchello
Published in 2005 by Minnesota Historical Society Press.
Published in 1986 by Bison Books.
Nothing to Do But Stay: My Pioneer Mother
By Carrie Young
Published in 2000 by the University of Iowa Press