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Prairie Republic: The Political Culture of Dakota Territory, 1879–1889 Hardcover – May 20, 2010

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Seldom is a major aspect of a historical period researched, written, and interpreted as brilliantly as Jon Lauck has done here. This very important book not only adds much to South Dakota history but also demonstrates methods and approaches that could well be used in studying other pioneer territories in the Midwest.—Gilbert C. Fite, author of The Farmers’ Frontier, 1865–1900

About the Author

Jon K. Lauck is Senior Advisor to U.S. Senator John Thune of South Dakota. An attorney and a professional historian, Lauck is the author of several books, including The Lost Region: Toward a Revival of Midwestern History (University of Iowa Press, 2013), and Prairie Republic: The Political Culture of Dakota Territory, 1879-1889 (OUP, 2010).

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  • Hardcover: 256 pages
  • Publisher: University of Oklahoma Press; First Printing (Numerals Begin with 1) edition (May 20, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0806141107
  • ISBN-13: 978-0806141107
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 1.1 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,113,286 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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We need more scholarly histories in South Dakota because we do not have extensive graduate schools of History in South Dakota. Therefore, this well researched, scholarly book on the history of South Dakota from 1879-1889 is most welcome. It is more than just a South Dakota history, it is a look at a period in our national history with a focus on the political culture of the Dakota territory from 1879-1889.

Professor Lauck wrestles with Frederick Jackson Turner's theories on westward expansion. He also deals with the myth of the left leaning populists developing in South Dakota when in fact, it was more of a Republican culture at that time. He also deals very carefully with some of Bishop Marty's papers and talks about the Catholic-Protestant development in South Dakota. This is a national history book in the sense that he deals with the presidential campaigns and presidents and what they said about South Dakota.

Professor Lauck received a fellowship from Yale University's Beinecke Library to do part of his research and he has several new South Dakota sources. This is one of the best professionally researched and written books on South Dakota history that I have ever seen and I am very grateful for it.

U.S. Senator Larry Pressler (R-SD)(Ret.)
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GREAT Book!! My husband has nearly read from cover to cover. Loves history-type books such as this & has been completely intrigued by it from the first page! A must read if you like history & all it has to offer!
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By Al on February 19, 2013
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This was a very well researched and well written book on the social and political culture of Dakota territory in the ten years leading up to statehood. It should be noted that the book is primarily centered on eastern Dakota territory. One of the reviewers on this site stated that Lauck was reading his sources romantically, and mistaking political rhetoric for popular opinion and values. I strongly disagree. In reading the end notes, it is at once apparent that Lauck extensively researched his thesis. He did not rely on political speeches, but extensively used personal memoirs, letters and journals, as well as statistical analysis, especially in analyzing demographic participation in the three constitutional conventions in 1883, 1885 and 1889. The book was very well balanced, as shown by his exploration of anti-Catholic attitudes during the Grant administration. Chapter 5 is a fascinating historiographical essay and should be used as a guide for the material which he explored in previous chapters. In chapter 5, Lauck explores the research, background and writing of Lamar's groundbreaking work, Dakota Territory. Lauck dissects the anti-Turner agenda which was prevelant among New West scholars in the 1950's, and how this heavily influenced modern progressive and leftist researchers more recently. He also explores the influences on Lamar, as well as how Lamar's views changed over the years until he was at odds with the modern progressive scholarship. In the epilogue, Lauck presents convincing evidence of the "social capital" built up during this decade in the 19th century which still exists in eastern South Dakota today.Read more ›
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I bought this book for my brother and he went out and bought ten copies to give to family members. It really has been a hit in our family and really tells the story of SD well.
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