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Land is often known by the names of past owners. "Emma's Land", "Gina's quarter", and "the Ingeborg Land" are reminders of the many women who homesteaded across North Dakota in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. Land in Her Own Name records these homesteaders' experiences as revealed in interviews with surviving homesteaders and their families and friends, land records, letters, and diaries. These women's fascinating accounts tell of locating a claim, erecting a shelter, and living on the prairie. Their ethnic backgrounds include Yankee, Scandinavian, German, and German-Russian, as well as African-American, Jewish, and Lebanese. Some were barely twenty-one, while others had reached their sixties. A few lived on their land for life and "never borrowed a cent against it"; others sold or rented the land to start a small business or to provide money for education.

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H. Elaine Lindgren is Professor of Sociology at North Dakota State University, Fargo.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: University of Oklahoma Press (October 15, 1996)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0806128860
  • ISBN-13: 978-0806128863
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.6 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,096,422 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Elaine Lindgren has done an excellent job researching a little known subject. She gives not only a very fine introduction to the subject of homesteading, she provides a wonderful written documentary of the phenomenon of single women who homesteaded in North Dakota. This book is not only wonderfully written (it is actually a page turner), it also leaves the reader enthralled with a whole area of American history which had previously gone undocumented. I truly enjoyed this book and have given copies to friends who tell me they found it just as interesting
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I haven't finished this book yet, but what I have read so far is very interesting. One reason I bought this book is that there are photos of my grandmother and her sister and brother, and also my grandfather. When I was a little kid I always knew that my grandfather had homesteaded in Adams County, North Dakota around 1907, but I never realized that women also took part in the homesteading movement. A very enjoyable book.
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Many short stories about the forgotten WOMEN pioneers who homesteaded in a then cold, desolate area of the country and made a life on the prairie. Talk about tough, enterprising people! VERY interesting! I have had several people borrow this book, and my mother has read it over and over again until it literally fell apart and she got a 2nd copy!
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Tells the story of women settling on the land in the Dakotas on their own, with pictures and information that will interest anyone with relatives from there.
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