By Richard Edwards,Jacob K. Friefeld,Rebecca S. Wingo
Homesteading the Plains deals a daring new examine the background of homesteading, overturning what for many years has been the orthodox scholarly view. The authors commence through noting the extraordinary disparity among the public’s notion of homesteading as a loved a part of our nationwide narrative and such a lot students’ harshly destructive and dismissive treatment.
Homesteading the Plains reexamines previous info and attracts from newly to be had digitized files to re-evaluate the present interpretation’s 4 relevant tenets: homesteading was once a minor consider farm formation, with so much Western farmers paying for their land; such a lot homesteaders did not end up up their claims; the homesteading strategy used to be rife with corruption and fraud; and homesteading triggered Indian land dispossession. utilizing info rather than anecdotes and focusing commonly at the 19th century, Homesteading the Plains demonstrates that the 1st 3 tenets are incorrect and the fourth simply in part real. briefly, the public’s notion of homesteading might be extra actual than the only students have constructed.
Homesteading the Plains provides the root for an figuring out of homesteading that's startlingly various from present scholarly orthodoxy.
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