Seduced by the government's offer of 320 acres per homesteader, Americans and Europeans rushed to Montana and the Dakotas to fulfill their own ...Show synopsisSeduced by the government's offer of 320 acres per homesteader, Americans and Europeans rushed to Montana and the Dakotas to fulfill their own American dream in the first decade of this century. Raban's stunning evocation of the harrowing, desperate reality behind the homesteader's dream strips away the myth--while preserving the romance--that has shrouded our understanding of our own heartland.Hide synopsis
Description:New. NEW-WINNER NATIONAL BOOK CRITICS, CIRCLE AWRD FOR...New. NEW-WINNER NATIONAL BOOK CRITICS, CIRCLE AWRD FOR NONFICTION. SOFT COVER. SHIPS FROM WA-USPS. EXPEDITED SHIPPING AVAILABLE. Trade paperback (US). Glued binding. 364 p. Vintage Departures. Audience: General/trade. NEW-WINNER NATIONAL BOOK CRITICS, CIRCLE AWRD FOR NONFICTION. SOFT COVER. SHIPS FROM WA-USPS. EXPEDITED SHIPPING AVAILABLE. Vintage Books USA, 1997. 19th Century; Description and travel; General; Government; History; Non-Fiction; Plains; Political Science; State & Local; United States; West (U.S. ); Western U.S.
Description:Collectible-New in None as Issued jacket. Brand new &...Collectible-New in None as Issued jacket. Brand new & collectible. Award winning historical novel of the American West. In 1909 Congress, lobbied by railroad interests, offer 320-acre tracts of land in eastern Monatana to homesteaders---thousands responded and most failed. Jonathan Raban (1942-) follows the stories of several families, which, combined with his personal experiences during the two years he traveled in Montana for research, paints a vivd picture of lives that were and makes the case that given the land and climate, the homesteading scheme was doomed to failure.
This was hugely interesting, and very well written history of the homesteading on the prairies. The irony here was that the US government had eliminated the plains Indians from the prairies, only to "give away" the land taken from the Indians.
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