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Next Year Country: Dust to Dust in Western Kansas, 1890-1940 Hardcover – September 6, 2006

ISBN-13: 978-0700614769 ISBN-10: 0700614761 Edition: annotated edition

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 392 pages
  • Publisher: University Press of Kansas; annotated edition edition (September 6, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0700614761
  • ISBN-13: 978-0700614769
  • Product Dimensions: 1.2 x 6.5 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,043,018 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Meticulously researched and beautifully written by an accomplished historian with roots in the region, Next Year Country is a worthy sequel to West of Wichita, Miner's excellent history of western Kansas during the settlement period. Here, Miner chronicles the economic and social development of this unforgiving land from the drought and political turmoil of the 1890s through agriculture's short-lived Golden Age of the 1910s and the farm depression and Dust Bowl of the 1920s and 1930s. It is a story that is both sobering and inspiring." -- Hal S. Barron

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"Meticulously researched and beautifully written by an accomplished historian with roots in the region, Next Year Country is a worthy sequel to West of Wichita, Miner's excellent history of western Kansas during the settlement period. Here, Miner chronicles the economic and social development of this unforgiving land from the drought and political turmoil of the 1890s through agriculture's short-lived Golden Age of the 1910s and the farm depression and Dust Bowl of the 1920s and 1930s. It is a story that is both sobering and inspiring."--Hal S. Barron, author of Mixed Harvest: The Second Great Transformation in the Rural North, 1870-1930

"A lively, engaging, and well-written volume that captures the history of western Kansas and Kansans in their own words and on their own terms."--Pamela Riney-Kehrberg, author of Rooted in Dust: Surviving Drought and Depression in Southwest Kansas

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Martin J. Keenan on August 12, 2006
Format: Hardcover
This book is essential reading for anyone who wants to understand what life was and is like on the unforgiving Great Plains. Although this book focuses on Western Kansas, it provides a vivid picture of the hopes and dreams of those who populated the Great Plains between 1890-1940.

Being a fifth generation resident of Western Kansas, this book gives me a startling view of what challenges my ancestors went through, and makes me proud that we have survived to this day in "Next Year Country."

Craig Miner's personal connection to Western Kansas makes this book especially poignant, and his attention to detail is vast.

Most importantly, the book causes one to ponder the future of the Great Plains as a whole, and gives one hope that our forbearers survived obstacles much greater than we face today.
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