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Author Edwards, Richard, 1944- author.

Title Homesteading the plains : toward a new history / Richard Edwards, Jacob K. Friefeld, and Rebecca S. Wingo.

Publication Info. Lincoln : University of Nebraska Press, [2017]


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 Axe 3rd Floor Stacks  344.0636358 Ed98h 2017    ---  Available
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Description xii, 253 pages : illustrations, maps ; 25 cm
text txt rdacontent
unmediated n rdamedia
volume nc rdacarrier
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 219-246) and index.
Contents Competing Visions of Our Homesteading Past -- Recalculating Homesteading's Reach and Success -- Evolving Views on Homesteading Fraud -- Estimating the Extent of Fraud -- Homesteading and Indian Land Dispossession -- Women Proving Up Their Claims -- Mapping Community Formation -- Envisioning a New History of Homesteading -- Appendix 1. An Annotated Review of GLO Circulars, 1862-1904 / Rhea Wick -- Appendix 2. Sources for Chapter 5 Graphs and Maps.
Summary "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."-- Provided by publisher.
Subject Homestead law -- United States -- History.
Land tenure -- Law and legislation -- United States -- History.
HISTORY -- United States -- State & Local -- West (AK, CA, CO, HI, ID, MT, NV, UT, WY)
Homestead law. (OCoLC)fst00959649
Land tenure -- Law and legislation. (OCoLC)fst00991383
United States. (OCoLC)fst01204155
Genre/Form History. (OCoLC)fst01411628
Added Author Friefeld, Jacob K., author.
Wingo, Rebecca S., author.
ISBN 9780803296794 (hardcover)
0803296797 (hardcover)

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