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By Norman K. Risjord

The northern plains are frequently neglected through the remainder of the state or, if no longer, are pointed out within the context of the elements, Mount Rushmore, or the Black Hills. besides the fact that, North Dakota and South Dakota have a colourful past—and present—deserving of higher recognition.

Norman okay. Risjord relates the outstanding histories of those states, from the geological formation of the good Plains to fiscal alterations within the twenty-first century. Risjord takes the reader on a trip in the course of the centuries detailing the 1st human population of the northern plains, the Lewis and Clark day trip, homesteading and railroad development, the political effect of the revolutionary stream, the construction of Mount Rushmore, and Wounded Knee II. incorporated are tales of such noteworthy characters as French explorer Vérendrye, the Lakota chief crimson Cloud, North Dakota political boss Alexander McKenzie, and South Dakota Democrat George S. McGovern.

Despite the shared topography and the rivers that direction via either states, the various reactions of the 2 states to the demanding situations of the 20th century offer possibilities for arresting comparisons. This attractive examine the Dakotas’ geography, ecology, politics, and tradition is vital interpreting for Dakotans and people attracted to the wealthy background of this crucial region.

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