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Homesteading the Plains - Toward a New History (Paperback) Loot Price: R380
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Homesteading the Plains - Toward a New History (Paperback): Richard Edwards, Jacob K. Friefeld, Rebecca S. Wingo

Homesteading the Plains - Toward a New History (Paperback)

Richard Edwards, Jacob K. Friefeld, Rebecca S. Wingo

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2018 Nebraska Book Award 2018 Outstanding Academic Title, selected by Choice Homesteading the Plains offers a bold new look at the history of homesteading, overturning what for decades has been the orthodox scholarly view. The authors begin by noting the striking disparity between the public's perception of homesteading as a cherished part of our national narrative and most scholars' harshly negative and dismissive treatment. Homesteading the Plains reexamines old data and draws from newly available digitized records to reassess the current interpretation's four principal tenets: homesteading was a minor factor in farm formation, with most Western farmers purchasing their land; most homesteaders failed to prove up their claims; the homesteading process was rife with corruption and fraud; and homesteading caused Indian land dispossession. Using data instead of anecdotes and focusing mainly on the nineteenth century, Homesteading the Plains demonstrates that the first three tenets are wrong and the fourth only partially true. In short, the public's perception of homesteading is perhaps more accurate than the one scholars have constructed. Homesteading the Plains provides the basis for an understanding of homesteading that is startlingly different from current scholarly orthodoxy. Purchase the audio edition.


Imprint: University of Nebraska Press
Country of origin: United States
Release date: April 2019
Authors: Richard Edwards • Jacob K. Friefeld • Rebecca S. Wingo
Dimensions: 229 x 152mm (L x W)
Format: Paperback - Trade
Pages: 272
ISBN-13: 978-1-4962-1394-5
Categories: Books > Professional & Technical > Agriculture & farming > Smallholdings
Books > Humanities > History > American history > General
Books > History > American history > General
LSN: 1-4962-1394-7
Barcode: 9781496213945

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