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North Dakota History: Journal of the Northern Plains, and its predecessors, has been published for more than one hundred years. Below is a listing of articles and book reviews for each issue since 2005. Many back issues of the journal are available for purchase at the Museum Store.

Volume 87.2 North Dakota History Vol. 87, No. 2
Pyramids on the Plains
North Dakota's Stanley R. Mickelsen Safeguard Complex
By Rob Branting
Feast and Famine
The Quest for Food and Relationships During the Northern Plains Fur Trade
By Ty Reese


  • After Populism: The Agrarian Left on the Northern Plains, 1900–1960 by William C. Pratt
    Reviewed by Peter H. Argersinger
  • The Earth Is All That Lasts: Crazy Horse, Sitting Bull, and the Last Stand of the Great Sioux Nation by Mark Lee Gardner
    Reviewed by Carole Barrett
  • Grasslands Grown: Creating Place on the U.S. Northern Plains and Canadian Prairies by Molly P. Rozum
    Reviewed by Bree Hocking, PhD
  • Birthing the West: Mothers and Midwives in the Rockies and Plains by Jennifer J. Hill
    Reviewed by Rebecca A. Hunt, PhD


Volume 87.1 North Dakota History Vol. 87, No. 1
Mathilda L. J. Overby
The Life and Times of a 1920s County School Superintendent
By Kyle Jansson
A "Howling Success"
Ellendale's State Normal and Industrial School, 1899—1929
By Connie GoddardeBy Robert Lyford


  • The Farmer's Lawyer: The North Dakota Nine and the Fight to Save the Family Farm by Sarah Vogel
    Reviewed by Michelle M. Donarski
  • The Power of Scenery: Frederick Law Olmsted and the Origin of National Parks by Dennis Drabelle
    Reviewed by James A. Pritchard
  • Archaeological Cultures of the Sheyenne Bend by Michael G. Michlovic and George R. Holley
    Reviewed by Paul R. Picha
  • Pioneer Girl: The Revised Texts by Laura Ingalls Wilder, edited and annotated by Nancy Tystad Koupal
    Reviewed by Melanie Stringer


Volume 86.2 North Dakota History Vol. 86, No. 2
North Dakota Responds
Treating Children With Tuberculosis in the Twentieth Century
By Steve Grineski
Touring the West
The Photographs of Robert McGonnigle
By Robert Lyford


  • Sons of the Wild Jackass: The Nonpartisan League in North Dakota by Terry L. Shoptaugh
    Reviewed by Kimberly K. Porter
  • George Armstrong Custer: A Military Life by Sandy Barnard
    Reviewed by Paul L. Hedren
  • The Good Hand: A Memoir of Work, Brotherhood, and Transformation in an American Boomtown by Michael Patrick F. Smith
    Reviewed by Bill Peterson
  • Black Montana: Settler Colonialism and the Erosion of the Racial Frontier, 1877–1930 by Anthony W. Wood
    Reviewed by Roger D. Hardaway


Volume 86.1 North Dakota History Vol. 86, No. 1/2021
1918 Spanish Flu Pandemic
North Dakota's Evolving Newspaper Coverage
By Christopher Price
George T. Slade
Hunter-Conservationist in North Dakota
By Erik Fritzell


  • In League Against King Alcohol: Native American Women and the Woman's Christian Temperance Union, 1874—1933 by Thomas J. Lappas
    Reviewed by Carolyn Gilman
  • Fort Union & Fort William: Letter Book & Journal, 1833—1835 by W. Raymond Wood & Michael M. Casler
    Reviewed by Fred MacVaugh
  • Abraham Lincoln: A Western Legacy by Richard W. Etulain
    Reviewed by Stefanie Aulner
  • The Pride of Minnesota: The Twins in the Turbulent 1960s by Thom Henninger
    Reviewed by Richard Hardesty, PhD


Volume 85.2 North Dakota History Vol. 85, No. 2/Winter 2020
Free Speech on Trial
Judge Charles F. Amidon and the Espionage Act of 1917
By Matthew W. Berning
Lake Region Shootout
Mob Murders, Vigilantism, and the Rule of Law at 1883 Devils Lake
By Doreen Chaky and Adrienne Stepanek


  • Massacre in Minnesota: The Dakota War of 1862, the Most Violent Ethnic Conflict in American History by Gary Clayton Anderson
    Reviewed by Erik Holland
  • Native Hoops: The Rise of American Indian Basketball, 1895—1970 by Wade Davies
    Reviewed by Billie Kingfisher Jr., PhD
  • Stringing Rosaries: The History, the Unforgivable, and the Healing of Northern Plains American Indian Boarding School Survivors by Denise K. Lajimodiere
    Reviewed by Tami De Coteau, PhD
  • The Dakota Sioux Experience at Flandreau and Pipestone Indian Schools by Cynthia Leanne Landrom
    Reviewed by Elise Boxer, PhD


Volume 85.1 North Dakota History Vol. 85, No. 1/Summer 2020
"To Do Something for the Welfare of Mankind"
The Child Health Demonstration Project in Fargo, 1923–1928
By Steve Grineski
Williams County Schoolhouses
Evolution of an American Institution on the Frontier
By Brandy M. Harris and Caitlyn M. Ewers


  • The Duck Factory: A History of Waterfowl in North Dakota by Mike Jacobs and Erik Fritzell
    Reviewed by Roger Smith
  • Equality at the Ballot Box: Votes for Women on the Northern Great Plains by Lori Ann Lahlum and Molly P. Rozum, Eds.
    Reviewed by Sara E. Lampert
  • Spotted Tail: Warrior and Statesman by Richmond L. Clow
    Reviewed by Carole Barrett
  • Arrowheads, Spears, and Buffalo Jumps: Prehistoric Hunter-Gatherers of the Great Plains by Lauri Travis; Illustrated by Eric S. Carlson
    Reviewed by Jaclyn Nadeau


Volume 84.2 North Dakota History Vol. 84, No. 2/Winter 2019
Hidden History
The Apple River Trading Post
By W. Raymond Wood and Michael M. Casler
Convincing the Men
North Dakota's Woman Suffrage Campaign 1912-20
By Susan Wefald


  • Woman Suffrage and Citizenship in the Midwest, 1870–1920 by Sara Egge
    Reviewed by Barbara Handy-Marchello
  • Still by Rebecca E. Bender and Kenneth M. Bender
    Reviewed by Carl Oberholtzer
  • Hide, Wood, and Willow: Cradles of the Great Plains Indians by Deanna Tidwell Broughton
    Reviewed by Brandi Hilton-Hagemann
  • Pictures of Longing: Photography and the Norwegian-American Migration by Sigrid Lien
    Reviewed by Rachel McLean Sailor


Volume 84.1 North Dakota History Vol. 84, No. 1/Summer 2019
General Sully's Photographer
Private Byron H. Gurnsey and the Northwest Indian Expedition of 1865
By Ephriam D. Dickson III
Angry Harvest
A. C. Townley's Controversial Florida Sisal Venture
By Terry L. Shoptaugh


  • The Bank of North Dakota: From Surviving to Thriving—The First 100 Years by Mike Jacobs
    Reviewed by Kimberly K. Porter
  • Gabriel Renville: From the Dakota War to the Creation of the Sisseton-Wahpeton Reservation, 1825–1892 by Gary Clayton Anderson
    Reviewed by Joseph C. Jastrzembski
  • Clearing the Plains: Disease, Politics of Starvation, and the Loss of Aboriginal Life by James Daschuk
    Reviewed by Amanda Hendrix-Komoto
  • Without Reservation: Benjamin Reifel and American Indian Acculturation by Sean J. Flynn
    Reviewed by Gregory Gagnon


Volume 83.2 North Dakota History Vol. 83, No. 2/Winter 2018
North Dakota and the Cultural History of the Great War By Joseph T. Stuart
Work-Study-Play Concept Changes Fargo Schools
By Steve Grineski


  • A Bag Worth a Pony: The Art of the Ojibwe Bandolier Bag by Marcia G. Anderson
    Reviewed by Mark J. Halvorson
  • Fort Tecumseh and Fort Pierre Chouteau: Journal and Letter Books 1830-1850 by Michael M. Casler and W. Raymond Wood, eds
    Reviewed by Lotte Govaerts
  • Operation Snowbound: Life behind the Blizzards of 1949 by David W. Mills
    Reviewed by Michael Childers
  • A Whirlwind Passed through Our Country: Lakota Voices of the Ghost Dance by Gregory Bryan
    Reviewed by Billie Kingfisher Jr.
  • Converting the Rosebud: Catholic Mission and the Lakotas, 1886-1916 by Harvey Markowitz
    Reviewed by Anne M. Blankenship


Volume 83.1 North Dakota History Vol. 83, No. 1/Summer 2018
The Lieutenant G. K. Warren Maps
Charting the Upper Missouri River in 1856
By Graham A. Callaway
Remembering "Our Boys"
North Dakota's World War I Monuments and Memorials (1918–1941)
By Susan Wefald


  • Pioneer Girl Perspectives: Exploring Laura Ingalls Wilder by Nancy Tystad Koupal
    Reviewed by Jenny Yearous
  • A Surgeon with Custer at the Little Big Horn: James DeWolf's Diary and Letters, 1876 by Todd E. Harburn
    Reviewed by Dr. L. G. Walker
  • Claiming Turtle Mountain's Constitution: The History, Legacy, and Future of a Tribal Nation's Founding Documents by Keith Richotte Jr.
    Reviewed by David "Doc" Brien
  • Paul Goble, Storyteller by Gregory Bryan
    Reviewed by Kelly Kirk
  • Sioux Code Talkers of World War II by Andrea M. Page
    Reviewed by Alisha Deegan


Volume 82.2 North Dakota History Vol. 82, No. 2/Winter 2017
Are We Germans, or Russians, or Americans?
The McIntosh County German-Russians During World War I

By Gordon L. Iseminger
The Intersection of Faith and Family
Three Rural North Dakota Cemeteries
By Marjorie Pearson


  • Powder River: Disastrous Opening of the Great Sioux War by Paul L. Hedren
    Reviewed by John H. Monnett
  • The Spirit and the Sky: Lakota Visions of the Cosmos by Mark Hollabaugh
    Reviewed by Harvey Markowitz
  • Travels in North America, 1832-1834: A Concise Edition of the Journals of Prince Maximilian of Wied by Marsha V. Gallagher
    Reviewed by Paul R. Picha
  • Red Cloud: A Lakota Story of War and Surrender by S. D. Nelson
    Reviewed by Patricia Bauer
  • Pisskan: Interpreting First Peoples Bison Kills at Heritage Parks by Leslie B. Davis
    Reviewed by Chris Widga


Volume 82.1 North Dakota History Vol. 82, No. 1/Summer 2017
Independence Beneath the Surface
A Historic Mission Church and the Mandan, Hidatsa, and Arikara Nation
By Steve C. Martens
1997 Grand Forks Flood
When History Became Personal
By Kimberly K. Porter


  • Custer's Trials: A Life on the Frontier of a New America by T. J. Stiles
    Reviewed by Randy Kane
  • Hugh Glass: Grizzly Survivor by James D. McLaird
    Reviewed by Richard K. Stenberg
  • Sioux Women: Traditionally Sacred by Virginia Driving Hawk Sneve
    Reviewed by Kari A. Hall
  • The Infamous Dakota War Trials of 1862: Revenge, Military Law and the Judgment of History by John A. Haymond
    Reviewed by Kevin Maijala
  • Sign Talker: Hugh Lenox Scott Remembers Indian Country by Hugh Lenox Scott
    Reviewed by Robert Russell


Volume 81.4 North Dakota History Vol. 81, No. 4/Winter 2016
On with the Show!
WPA Repertory Theater in 1930s North Dakota
By Susan Wefald
Mapping the West
Isaac Stevens's 1853 Pacific Railroad Survey Expedition Across Northern Dakota
By Brad Allen


  • The Missouri River Journals of John James Audubon by Daniel Patterson
    Reviewed by Erik Holland
  • North Dakota's Geologic Legacy: Our Land and How It Formed by John P. Bluemle
    Reviewed by John Metesh
  • Beyond Schoolmarms and Madams: Montana Women's Stories by Martha Kohl
    Reviewed by Angela Firkus


Volume 81.3 North Dakota History Vol. 81, No. 3/Fall 2016
"You Can't Stampede the First North Dakota"
The State Militia's Overseas Debut
By Johannes R. Allert
Prairie Vision
The Architecture of Purcell, Feick, and Elmslie in Bismarck
By Emily Sakariassen


  • Malinche, Pocahontas, and Sacagawea: Indian Women as Cultural Intermediaries and National Symbols by Rebecca K. Jager
    Reviewed by Carolyn Gilman
  • American Serengeti: The Last Big Animals of the Great Plains by Dan Flores
    Reviewed by Len Thorson
  • Encounter on the Great Plains: Scandinavian Settlers and the Dispossession of Dakota Indians, 1890-1930 by Karen V. Hansen
    Reviewed by Sebastian Braun, PhD


Volume 81.2 North Dakota History Vol. 81, No. 2/Summer 2016
Chasing an Enigma
Frontier Photographer Orlando S. Goff

By Louis N. Hafermehl


  • Insurgent Democracy: The Nonpartisan League in North American Politics by Michael J. Lansing
    Reviewed by Perry Hornbacher
  • Red Cloud: Oglala Legend by John D. McDermott
    Reviewed by Carole Barrett
  • The War with the Sioux: Norwegians against Indians, 1862-1863 by Karl Jakob Skarstein
    Reviewed by Annette Atkins
  • Before Custer: Surveying the Yellowstone, 1872 by M. John Lubetkin
    Reviewed by Fred MacVaugh


Volume 81.1 North Dakota History Vol. 81, No. 1/Spring 2016
“But a Cog in the Underworld
Bootlegging, Corruption, and the Schumacher
Family in Prohibition Era Fargo-Moorhead
By Daniel D. McCollum
Courting the Farm Vote on the Northern Plains
Presidential Candidate Al Smith, Governor Walter Maddock, and the Ambivalent Politics of 1928
By Robert Chiles


  • Metis and the Medicine Line: Creating a Border and Dividing a People by Michel Hogue
    Reviewed by William J. Hunt Jr.
  • Controlled Recklessness: Ed Lemmon and the Open Range by Nathan Sanderson
    Reviewed by Aaron L. Barth
  • Health of the Seventh Cavalry: A Medical History by P. Willey and Douglas D. Scott, eds.
    Reviewed by L. G. Walker Jr.
  • Grass Dance of the Spirit Lake Dakota by Louis Garcia with Mark Diedrich
    Reviewed by Diane Rogness


Volume 80.2 North Dakota History Vol. 80, No. 4/Winter 2015
A Revised History of Fort Floyd, North Dakota
By W. Raymond Wood and Michael Casler
"Harvest of Death in North Dakota"
The Political Economy of Coal, Railroads, and Weather in Early Progressive North Dakota
By Scott E. Randolph


  • Cold War in a Cold Land: Fighting Communism on the Northern Plains David W. Mills
    Reviewed by William A. Taylor
  • Important Voices: North Dakota’s Women Elected State Officials Share Their Stories 1893–2013 by Susan E. Wefald
    Reviewed by Stacy A. Cordery
  • The North American Journals of Prince Maximilian of Wied, Vol. III, September 1833–August 1834 by Stephen S. Witte and Marsha V. Gallagher, ed.
    Reviewed by Erik Holland


Volume 80.2 North Dakota History Vol. 80, No. 3/Fall 2015
Kickapoo Oil, Blood Purifiers, and Laxatives
By Gordon Iseminger, Ph.D.


  • Building a House/Making a Home: A History of the North Dakota Governor's Residence by Betsy Dalrymple
    Reviewed by Gerald Newborg
  • Buildings of North Dakota by Steve C. Martens and Ronald H. L. M. Ramsay
    Reviewed by Lorna Meidinger
  • The History of the Assiniboine and Sioux Tribes of the Fort Peck Reservation, 1600-2012 by Miller, Smith, McGeshick, Shanley, and Shields
    Reviewed by Carole Barrett


Volume 80.2 North Dakota History Vol. 80, No. 2/Summer 2015
The Designed Landscape of the North Dakota Badlands
By Steve Martens
Special section: North Dakota Parks and Recreation Department Celebrates Fifty Years
Coordinated by Ken Rogers, Guest Editor


  • Pioneer Girl: The Annotated Autobiography  Ed. by Pamela Smith Hill
    Reviewed by Lori Ann Lahlum, Ph.D.
  • Journal of a Mountaineer by William T. Hamilton
    Reviewed by Ron Warner
  • Ewiger Saatz: Everlasting Yeast, the Food Culture of the Germans from Russia in Emmons County, Logan County, and McIntosh County, North Dakota by Sue B. Balcom
    Reviewed by LaVern J. Rippley, Ph.D


Volume 80.1 North Dakota History Vol. 80, No. 1/Spring 2015
Harry Lashkowitz: FDR's North Dakota Champion
By Terry Shoptaugh
Eliminating "Blight": Urban Renewal Comes
to Fargo
By Nicholas Bauroth


  • The Indianization of Lewis and Clark by William R. Swagerty
    Reviewed by Gerard Baker or Yellow Wolf (Mandan/Hidatsa)
  • Gifts from the Thunder Beings: Indigenous Archery and European Firearms in the Northern Plains and Central Subarctic, 1670-1870 by Roland Bohr
    Reviewed by Paul R. Picha
  • Assault on Deadwood Stage: Road Agents and Shotgun Messengers by Robert K. DeArment
    Reviewed by Molly Rozum
  • Ledger Narratives: The Plains Indian Drawings of the Lansburgh Collection at Dartmouth College by Colin G. Calloway
    Reviewed by Tuŋwéya Tȟokáheya (Dakota Goodhouse)


Volume 79.1 North Dakota History Vol. 79, No. 1/December 2014
Swashing Around in the Sisterhood of States
By Barbara Handy-Marchello, Ph.D.
Breaking an 1889 Glass Ceiling: Laura J. Eisenhuth
By Susan Wefald


  • Medora: Boom, Bust, and Resurrection by Rolf Sletten
    Reviewed by Ross F. Collins
  • Storytelling Time: Native North American Art from the Collections at the University of North Dakota by A.F. Jones and L.A. Ganje, ed.
    Reviewed by Joan Carpenter Troccoli
  • Columns of Vengeance: Soldiers, Sioux, and the Punitive Expeditions 1863 - 1864 by Paul N. Beck
    Reviewed by Chris Johnson


Volume 78, 3 & 4 North Dakota History Vol. 78, Nos. 3 & 4
John F. Kennedy and Theodore Roosevelt: Parallels and Common Ground, Including North Dakota
ByClay S. Jenkinson
Fifty Years Later: One Moment that Changed Clint Hill's Life
By Kimberly Jondahl


  • In the Mood for Munsingwear: Minnesota's Claim to Underwear Fame by Susan Marks
    Reviewed by Jenny Yearous
  • Birch Coulie: The Epic Battle of the Dakota War by John Christgau
    Reviewed by Gary Clayton Anderson
  • Principle Over Party: The Farmers' Alliance and Populism in South Dakota, 1880-1900 by R. Alton Lee
    Reviewed by William C. Pratt
  • Greet the Dawn: The Lakota Way by S.D. Nelson
    Reviewed by Linda Gutensohn
  • Dakota: The Story of the Northern Plains by Norman K. Risjord
    Reviewed by Bethany Andreason
  • Life's Journey—Zuya: Oral Teachings from the Rosebud by Albert White Hat Sr.
    Reviewed by Dakota Goodhouse
  • After Custer: Loss and Transformation in Sioux Country by Paul L. Hedren
    Reviewed by Robert Russell
  • Corn Palaces and Butter Queens: A History of Crop Art and Dairy Sculpture by Pamela H. Simpson
    Reviewed by Kimberly K. Porter


Volume 78 1 and 2 North Dakota History Vol. 78, Nos. 1 & 2
From Theodore Roosevelt to the Izaak Walton League, a Social History of Hunting in North Dakota, 1880 -1950
By Jonathan Wagner
Denbigh Station and Experimental Forest: Soil Conservation in the Plains States
By Thomas Turck


  • The North American Journals of Prince Maximilian of Wied, Vol. II
    April – September 1833 by Stephen S. Witte and Marsha V. Gallagher, ed.
    Reviewed by Paul R. Picha
  • A Free and Hardy Life: Theodore Roosevelt's Sojourn in the American West by Clay Jenkinson
    Reviewed by David A. Wolff
  • The Identities of Marie Rose Delorme Smith: Portrait of a Métis Woman 1861-1960 by Doris Jeanne MacKinnon
    Reviewed by Virgil Benoit
  • The Big Empty: The Great Plains in the Twentieth Century by R. Douglas Hurt
    Reviewed by Mark Harvey
  • Montana Before History: 11,000 Years of Hunter-Gatherers in the Rockies and Plains by Douglas H. MacDonald
    Reviewed by Wendi Field Murray
  • Walking Along: Plains Indian Trickster Stories by Paul Goble
    Reviewed by Janet Spaeth
  • The Lakotas and the Black Hills: The Struggle for Sacred Ground by Jeffrey Ostler
    Reviewed by Gregory Gagnon

Volume 77 3 and 4 North Dakota HistoryVol. 77, Nos. 3 & 4
James Cash Penney and His North Dakota Stores
By David Delbert Kruger
The Star Quilt on the Northern Plains: A Symbol of American Indian Identity
By Birgit Hans


  • W. R. Wood, W.J. Hunt, Jr., R.H. Williams. Fort Clark and Its Indian Neighbors: A Trading Post on the Upper Missouri.
    Reviewed by Gerard Baker
  • Paul L. Hedren. Great Sioux War Orders: How the United States Army Waged War on the Northern Plains, 1876-1877.
    Reviewed by John H. Monnett
  • Mark Diedrich, with Louis Garcia. Little Fish: Head Chief of the Dakota on Fort Totten Reservation.
    Reviewed by Gregory Gagnon
  • Jennifer M. Ross-Nazzal. Winning the West for Women: The Life of Suffragist Emma Smith DeVoe.
    Reviewed by Angels Firkus
  • J.D. McDermott, R.E. Grim, P. Mobley. Eye of the Explorer: Views of the Northern Pacific Railroad Survey, 1853-1854.
    Reviewed by Rick Ewig
  • David A. Wolff. Seth Bullock: Black Hills Lawman.
    Reviewed by Douglas W. Ellison
  • W. Raymond Wood. A White-bearded Plainsman: The Memoirs of Archaeologist W. Raymond Wood.
    Reviewed by Dale Henning
  • Ned O’Gorman. Spirits of the Cold War: Contesting Worldviews in the Classical Age of American Security Strategy.
    Reviewed by Mark Sundlov
  • Betty A. Bergland and Lori Ann Lahlum. Norwegian American Women: Migration, Communities, and Identities.

North Dakota History Volume 77 1 and 2Vol. 77, Nos. 1 & 2
James Kipp: Upper Missouri River Fur Trader and Missouri Farmer
By W. Raymond Wood
From the Sites: Fort Clark Trading Post
By Bonnie T. Johnson


  • Susan Sleeper-Smith, ed. Rethinking the Fur Trade: Cultures of Exchange in an Atlantic World.
    Reviewed by Paul R. Picha
  • Andrea Winkjer Collin with Richard E. Collin. Mr. Wheat: A Biography of U.S. Senator Milton R. Young.
    Reviewed by Dan Rylance
  • Jeremy Agnew. Life of a Soldier on the Western Frontier.
    Reviewed by Chris Johnson
  • Mary A. Kopco, ed. Beyond Mount Rushmore: Other Black Hills Faces.
    Reviewed by Tim Hoheisel
  • Rae Katherine Eighmey. Food Will Win the War: Minnesota Crops, Cooks, and Conservation during World War I. Reviewed by Barbara Handy-Marchello
  • Jon K. Lauck. Prairie Republic: The Political Culture of Dakota Territory.
    Reviewed by Lloyd B. Omdahl
  • L.H. Larson and B.J. Cottrell. Steamboats West: The 1859 American Fur Company Missouri River Expedition.
    Reviewed by Thomas D. Thiessen

    John H. Monnett. Where a Hundred Soldiers Were Killed: The Struggle for the Powder River Country in 1866 and the Making of the Fetterman Myth.
    Reviewed by Rick Collin
  • Ephraim D. Dickson III. The Sitting Bull Surrender Census: The Lakotas at Standing Rock Agency, 1881.
    Reviewed by R. Eli Paul

North Dakota History Cover Volume 76 3 and 4Vol. 76, Nos. 3 & 4
Survival through Adaptation: The Fargo Nursery School, 1933-1965
David B. and Karen R. Danbom
From the Collections: The Letters of Elizabeth Bacon Custer
Bonnie T. Johnson
A Man “Who Fancies Himself Abraham Lincoln”: Senator William Langer’s Civil Rights Record
Christine Knauer


  • Don L. Hofsommer. The Minneapolis and St. Louis Railway: A Photographic History.
    Reviewed by Robert Zeidel
  • Kathleen Davison, Bonnie T. Johnson and Neil D. Howe, eds. North Dakota History: Readings about the Northern Plains State.
    Reviewed by Erik Holland
  • Hiram M. Drache. Prairie Homestead to Wall Street: A History of the Jones Family and Metropolitan Financial Corporation.
    Reviewed by Bruce Gjovig
  • Suzanne Barta Julin. A Marvelous Hundred Square Miles: Black Hills Tourism, 1880-1941.
    Reviewed by Tracy Potter
  • Sebastian F. Braun, Gregory Gagnon, Birgit Hans. Native Peoples of the Northern Plains: An Interdisciplinary Introduction to American Indian Studies.
    Reviewed by Paul R. Picha
  • Lloyd A. Svendsbye. I Paid All My Debts: A Norwegian-American Immigrant Saga of Life on the Prairie of North Dakota.
    Reviewed by Lori Ann Lahlum
  • Kimberly Jondahl. The Frontier Missionary: Three Tribes. A Man of God. A Journey of Faith. Reviewed by Gretchen A. Albers
  • Kim Fundingsland. Bismarck, D.T.: The people and events that gave birth to the Wickedest City in the West.
    Reviewed by Ken Rogers
  • Terry Shoptaugh. They were Ready: The 164th Infantry in the Pacific War, 1942-1945.
    Reviewed by Albert I. Berger
  • William E. Lass. Navigating the Missouri: Steamboating on Nature's Highway, 1819-1935. Reviewed by Steve Dasovich
  • Thomas Peacock and Marlene Wisuri. The Four Hills of Life: Ojibwe Wisdom.
    Reviewed by Paulette F. Molin

North Dakota History Gardening CoverVOL. 76, NOS. 1 & 2
“‘Corn in the Crib is like Money in the Bank’: George F. Will and the Oscar H. Will & Company, 1917 – 1955” by Fred Schneider
“‘I Shall Love the Land’: The Art of Clell Gannon”
“The ‘Plant Wizard of the North’: Albert F. Yeager at the North Dakota Agricultural College” by Barbara Handy-Marchello


  • R. Douglas Hurt. The Great Plains during World War II. Reviewed by Claire Strom
  • Richard E. Wood. Survival of Rural America: Small Victories and Bitter Harvests. Reviewed by James Corcoran
  • Sebastian Felix Braun. Buffalo Inc.: American Indians and Economic Development. Reviewed by Rich Clow
  • Jim Norris. North for the Harvest: Mexican Workers, Growers, and the Sugar Beet Industry Reviewed by Sterling Evans
  • Garrett Wilson, Frontier Farewell: The 1870s and the End of the Old West. Reviewed by Brian W. Dippie
  • Jeff Barnes. Forts of the Northern Plains: Guide to Historic Military Posts of the Plains Indian Wars. Reviewed by Mark Sundlov
  • Larry Len Peterson. Charles M. Russell: Printed Rarities from Private Collections. Reviewed by Walter Piehl
  • David P. Billington and Donald C. Jackson. Big Dams in the New Deal Era: A Confluence of Engineering and Politics. Reviewed by Dennis Scarnecchia
  • Mark J. Timbrook. Inculpatory Evidence: A Reexamination of the High Plains Smallpox Epidemic of 1837 with an Emphasis on the Mandan. Reviewed by Erik Holland
  • Thomas W. Foley. At Standing Rock and Wounded Knee: The Journals and Papers of Father Francis M. Craft, 1888-1890. Reviewed by Marilyn C. Hudson
  • Merry M. Helm. Woodrow Wilson Keeble: The Man Called Chief. Reviewed by Terry L. Shoptaugh
  • Paula M. Nelson, ed., Maxwell Van Nuys, comp. Sunshine Always: The Courtship Letters of Alice Bower and Joseph Gossage of Dakota Territory. Reviewed by John E. Miller
  • Betti Vanepps-Taylor. Forgotten Lives: African Americans in South Dakota. Reviewed by Keith Edgerton

North Dakota History George Sinner coverVOL. 75, NOS. 3 & 4 (2008)
“‘Service Is the Most Gratifying Work’:
Governor George A. “Bud” Sinner,”
Edited by Robert Jansen pp. 2-53
“‘North Dakota Was Home’: Jane Baute Sinner” pp. 28-33


  • Mark Diederich. Mni Wakan Oyate (Spirit Lake Nation): A History of the Sisituwan, Wahpeton, Pabaska, and other Dakota that Settled at Spirit Lake, North Dakota. Reviewed by Sebastian Braun
  • Sterling Evans. Bound in Twine: The History and Ecology of the Henequen-Wheat Complex for Mexico and the American and Canadian Plains, 1880-1950. Reviewed by J.L. Anderson
  • W. Raymond Wood, ed. Twilight of the Upper Missouri River Fur Trade: The Journals of Henry A. Boller. Reviewed by Sonja Schierle
  • Carlos A. Schwantes and James P. Ronda. The West the Railroads Made. Reviewed by Keith Bryant

North Dakota History Square Buttes coverVOL. 75, NOS. 1 & 2 (2008)
“‘Lovesickness is the Worst Sickness’: The Letters of John C. Boren to His Wife, Mary Jane Woods Pennell Boren, June – July 1896” by Barbara Handy-Marchello pp. 2-14
“The Square Buttes in Art” by W. Raymond Wood pp.15-23
“Further Thoughts on President Abraham Lincoln” pp. 24-25


  • David G. McCrady. Living with Strangers: The Nineteenth-Century Sioux and the Canadian-American Borderlands. Reviewed by Sebastian Braun
  • Sterling Evans, ed. The Borderlands of the American and Canadian Wests: Essays on Regional History of the Forty-ninth Parallel. Reviewed by Jim Mochoruk
  • Larry Len Peterson. L.A. Huffman: Photographer of the American West. Reviewed by Todd H. Strand
  • Michael L. Tate. Indians and Emigrants: Encounters on the Overland Trails. Reviewed by Alan F. Perry
  • Richard Sisson, Christian Zacher, and Andrew Cayton, eds. The American Midwest: An Interpretive Encyclopedia. Reviewed by David Danbom
  • Akim D. Reinhardt. Ruling Pine Ridge: Oglala Lakota Politics from the IRA to Wounded Knee. Reviewed by Gregory Gagnon
  • Lawrence H. Larsen, et. al. Upstream Metropolis: An Urban Biography of Omaha and Council Bluff. Reviewed by Carroll Engelhardt
  • Thomas Saylor, Long Hard Road: American POWs During World War II. Reviewed by Terry L. Shoptaugh
  • Michael Casler, ed. The Original Journal of Charles Larpenteur: My Travels to the Rocky Mountains between 1833 and 1872. Reviewed by Thomas D. Thiessen
  • Candace S. Greene and Russell Thornton, eds. The Year the Stars Fell: Lakota Winter Counts at the Smithsonian. Reviewed by Harvey Markowitz
  • Richmond L. Clow, ed. The Sioux in South Dakota History. Reviewed by Herbert T. Hoover
  • David Dreyer and Josette S. Hatter, From the Banat to North Dakota. A History of the German-Hungarian Pioneers in Western North Dakota. Reviewed by LaVern Rippley
  • George Pierre Castile. Taking Charge: Native American Self-Determination and Federal Indian Policy, 1975-1993. Reviewed by Margaret Connell Szasz
  • Harold B. Kildahl, Westward We Came: A Norwegian Immigrant’s Story, 1866-1898. Reviewed by Darrell D. Henning
  • Carroll Engelhardt, Gateway to the Northern Plains: Railroads and the Birth of Fargo and Moorhead. Reviewed by Lawrence Sommer
  • Terry Shoptaugh, “You Have Been Kind Enough to Assist Me”: Herman Stern and the Jewish Refugee Crisis. Reviewed by Ferenc Morton Szasz
  • Neil D. Howe, Theodore B. Jelliff, North Dakota Legendary: A Study of North Dakota’s Geography, History, Government, and Issues. Reviewed by Suzzanne Kelley
  • Emma I. Hansen, Memory and Vision: Arts, Cultures, and Lives of Plains Indian People. Reviewed by Markus H. Lindner
  • Dan Rylance, Quentin Burdick: The Gentle Warrior. Reviewed by Dale V. Sandstrom
    Stephen S. Witte, Marsha V. Gallagher, The North Dakota Journals of Prince Maximilian of Wied. Reviewed by Birgit Hans
  • Debra K. Marquart, The Horizontal World: Growing Up Wild in the Middle of Nowhere. Reviewed by Robert W. Lewis
  • Patrick A. McGuire, Flight of the Odegard.
    Reviewed by Roger D. Launius

north dakota history vol. 74, no 3 and 4VOL. 74, NOS. 3 & 4 (2007)
“At Lincoln’s Side: Smith Stimmel’s Personal Reminiscences of Abraham Lincoln,” by the Honorable Frank J. Williams, pp. 2-5.
“My Experiences as a Member of President Lincoln’s Bodyguard, 1863-65,” by Smith Stimmel, pp. 6-16.
“Chief Gall and Abe Lincoln’s Railroad,” by Robert W. Larson, pp. 17-27.
“Sculpting Lincoln,” by Claudia Pratt with Kathleen Davison, pp. 28-44.


  • Zitkala-Sa, Dance in a Buffalo Skull. Reviewed by Gregory Gagnon.
  • Donald F. Montileaux, ill., Tatanka and the Lakota People: A Creation Story. Reviewed by Gregory Gagnon.
  • L. Frank Baum, The Discontented Gopher. Reviewed by Janet Daley Jury.
  • Phillip Lars Manning, Dinomummy: The Life, Death, and Discovery of Dakota, a Dinosaur from Hell Creek. Reviewed by John W. Hoganson.


  • M. John Lubetkin, Jay Cooke’s Gamble: The Northern Pacific Railroad, the Sioux, and the Panic of 1873. Reviewed by Richard E. Collin.
  • Don L. Hoffsommer, Minneapolis and the Age of Railways. Reviewed by M. John Lubetkin.
  • Carla Kelly, ed., On the Upper Missouri: The Journal of Rudolph Friederich Kurz. Reviewed by Raymond Wilson.
  • James A. Hanson, When Skins Were Money: A History of the Fur Trade. Reviewed by Bill Hunt.
  • John D. W. Guice, ed., By His Own Hand? The Mysterious Death of Meriwether Lewis. Reviewed by Gregory S. Camp.
  • Hjalmar Rued Holand, History of the Norwegian Settlements: A Translated and Expanded Version of the 1908 De Norske Settlementers Historie and the 1930 Den Siste Folkevandring Sagastubber fra Nybyggerlived I Amerika. Reviewed by Merlan E. Paaverud, Jr.
  • Stan Hoig, White Man’s Paper Trail: Grand Councils and Treaty-Making on the Central Plains. Reviewed by Francis Paul Prucha.
  • Virgil W. Dean, An Opportunity Lost: The Truman Administration and the Farm Policy Debate. Reviewed by Jenny Barker-Devine.
  • Kathleen Stokker. Remedies and Rituals: Folk Medicine in Norway and the New Land. Reviewed by Betty Bergland.
  • Wayne R. Kime, Colonel Richard Irving Dodge: The Live and Times of a Career Army Officer. Reviewed by Sandy Barnard.
  • Fr. William Sherman, et. al., ed., Scattered Steeples, Expanded: A Tribute to the Church in North Dakota Through the Years and Also a Commemoration of the Fortieth Anniversary of the Dedication of Cardinal Muench Seminary. Reviewed by James E. Coomber.
  • Phillip Lars Manning, Grave Secrets of Dinosaurs: Soft Tissue and Hard Science. Reviewed by Darrin Pagnac.

north dakota history olson issueVOL. 74, NOS. 1 & 2 (2007)
““Never Take Politics Personally”: Governor Allen I. Olson,” Edited by Gerald G. Newborg, pp. 2-35.
“Horsepower and Horse Tracks: The Fargo Auto Races of 1915,” by Daniel J. Simone, pp. 36-43.


  • James P. Ronda and Nancy Tystad Koupal, eds. Finding Lewis and Clark: Old Trails, New Directions. Reviewed by Keith Edgerton.
  • Rhoda R. Gilman. Henry Hastings Sibley: Divided Heart. Reviewed by Stephen Gross.
  • John Price. Not Just Any Land: A Personal and Literary Journey into the American Grassland. Reviewed by Linda Helstern.
  • Jon Reyhner and Jeanne Eder. American Indian Education: A History. Reviewed by James T. Carroll.
  • Paul A. Johnsgard. Prairie Dog Empire: A Saga of the Shortgrass Prairie. Reviewed by Carolyn E. Grygiel.
  • Linea Sundstrom. Storied Stone: Indian Rock Art of the Black Hills Country. Reviewed by Linda Olson.
  • William E. Foley. Wilderness Journey: The Life of William Clark. Reviewed by Erik Holland.
  • Eli S. Ricker. Voices of the American West, Vol. I: The Indian Interviews of Eli S. Ricker, 1903-1919. Richard E. Jenson, ed. Reviewed by Rick Ewig.
  • Eli S. Ricker. Voices of the American West, Vol. II: The Settler and Soldier Interviews of Eli S. Ricker, 1903-1919. Richard E. Jenson, ed. Reviewed by Rick Ewig.
  • Dennis Banks with Richard Erdoes. Ojibwa Warrior: Dennis Banks and the Rise of the American Indian Movement. Reviewed by Carole A. Barrett.
  • David B. Danbom. Going It Alone: Fargo Grapples with the Great Depression. Reviewed by Fred Viche.
  • Roger L. Di Silverstro. In the Shadow of Wounded Knee: The Untold Final Story of the Indian Wars. Reviewed by Richmond L. Clow.
  • Thomas N. Ingersoll. To Intermix with Our White Brothers: Indian Mixed Bloods in the United States from Earliest Times to the Indian Removals. Reviewed by Jill Doerfler.
  • Brenda K. Jackson. Domesticating the West: The Re-creation of the Nineteenth-Century American Middle Class. Reviewed by Dorothy Pratt.
  • Barbara Handy-Marchello. Women of the Northern Plains: Gender and Settlement on the Homestead Frontier, 1870-1930. Reviewed by Lois Phillips Hudson.
  • Dennis S. Nordin and Ray V. Scott. From Prairie Farmer to Entrepreneur: The Transformation of Midwestern Agriculture. Reviewed by Hiram M. Drache.

north dakota history vol. 73, no.s 3 and 4VOL. 73, NOS. 3 & 4 (2006)
“The North Dakota Artwork of General Régis de Trobriand,” by W. Raymond Wood, pp. 2-30.
“Introductory Notes,”
“General Régis de Trobriand: A Brief Biography,”
“The North Dakota Artwork.”


  • Mike Thompson. The Travels and Tribulations of Theodore Roosevelt’s Cabin. Reviewed by George F. Will, Jr.
  • Paul VanDevelder. Coyote Warrior: One Man, Three Tribes, and the Trial that Forged a Nation. Reviewed by Robert Russell.
  • Robert Vogel. Unequal Contest: Bill Langer and His Political Enemies. Reviewed by Theodore B. Pedeliski.
  • Jeffrey Ostler. The Plains Sioux and U.S. Colonialism from Lewis and Clark to Wounded Knee. Reviewed by David Reed Miller.
  • Brandon K. Ruud, ed. Karl Bodmer’s North American Prints. Reviewed by Joan Carpenter Troccoli.
  • Michael Johnston Grant. Down and Out on the Family Farm: Rural Rehabilitation in the Great Plains, 1919-1945. Reviewed by Kimberly K. Porter.
  • Gary E. Moulton, ed. The Lewis and Clark Journal: Am American Epic of Discovery. Reviewed by Clay S. Jenkinson.
  • Dayton Duncan. Scenes of Visionary Enchantment: Reflections on Lewis and Clark. Reviewed by John L. Allen.
  • Robert P. Watson, ed. George McGovern: A Political Life, a Political Legacy. Reviewed by Jeffrey A. Johnson.
  • David J. Wishart, ed. Encyclopedia of the Great Plains. Reviewed by Paul Picha.
  • Jill Marie Koelling. Digital Imaging: A Practical Approach. Reviewed by Sharon Silengo.
  • R. Eli Paul. Blue Water Creek and the First Sioux War, 1854-1856. Reviewed by Gregory F. Michno.
  • Thomas Constantine Maroukis. Peyote and the Yankton Sioux: The Life and Times of Sam Necklace. Reviewed by Herbert T. Hoover.
  • Charles H. Walker, Combat Officer: A Memoir of War in the South Pacific. Reviewed by Richard Stenberg.
  • Ashely Shelby. Red River Rising: The Anatomy of a Flood and the Survival of an American City. Reviewed by Terry Shoptaugh.
  • Jane Varley. Flood Stage Rising. Reviewed by Terry Shoptaugh.
  • Carol Higham and Robert Thacker, eds. One West, Two Myths: a Comparative Reader. Reviewed by William E. Lass.

north dakota history vol. 73, no.s 1 and 2VOL. 73, NOS. 1 & 2 (2006)
“Dinosaurs, Sharks, and Wolly Mammoths: Glimpses of Life in North Dakota's Prehistoric Past” by John W. Hoganson

  • North Dakota's Primordial Seas
  • North Dakota's Cretaceous Underwater World
  • When Dinosaurs Ruled the Hell Creek Delta
  • The K-T Boundary Extinction
  • North Dakota Everglades
  • North Dakota Savanna
  • The Great Ice Age
  • The Holocene: A Reprieve from the Ice Age

north dakota history vol. 72, numbers 3 and 4VOL. 72, NOS. 3 & 4 (2005)
“Family, Politics, and Show Business: The Photographs of Sitting Bull,” Markus H. Lindner, pp. 2-21.
“Behind the Lens,” Frank E. Vyzralek, pp. 22-24.
“Missing in Action: A Family’s Experience during World War II,” Terry L. Shoptaugh, pp. 25-37.
“Triumph and Tragedy: The Return Home,” Gregory S. Camp, pp. 38-57.


  • Steven L. Piott. Giving Voters a Voice: The Origins of the Initiative and Referendum in America. Reviewed by Charles M. Barber.
  • Colin G. Calloway. One Vast Winter Count: The Native American West before Lewis and Clark. Reviewed by Raymond A. Bucko.
  • Colin F. Taylor and Hugh A. Dempsey, eds. The People of the Buffalo: The Plains Indians of North America. Vol. 1, Military Art, Warfare, and Change: Essays in Honor of John C. Ewers. Reviewed by W. Raymond Wood.
  • Sandra L. Brizée-Bowen. For All to See: The Little Bighorn Battle in Plains Indian Art. Reviewed by Castle McLaughlin.
  • Elin Woodger and Brandon Toropov. Encyclopedia of the Lewis and Clark Expedition. Reviewed by Bethany Andreasen.
  • Castle McLaughlin. Arts of Diplomacy: Lewis and Clark’s Indian Collection. Reviewed by Chris Dill.
  • Richard O. Davies, Joseph A. Amato, and David R. Pichaske, eds. A Place Called Home: Writings on the Midwestern Small Town. Reviewed by Miles D. Lewis.
  • Valerie Sherer Mathes and Richard Lowitt. The Standing Bear Controversy: Prelude to Indian Reform. Reviewed by David Reed Miller.
  • Stephen Dow Beckham, Doug Erickson, Jeremy Skinner, and Paul Merchant. The Literature of the Lewis and Clark Expedition: A Bibliography and Essays. Reviewed by Elliott West.
  • Bonnie Sue Lewis. Creating Christian Indians: Native Clergy in the Presbyterian Church. Reviewed by Dale Stover.
  • Amos E. Oneroad and Alanson B. Skinner. Being Dakota: Tales & Traditions of the Sisseton & Wahpeton. Reviewed by Gregory O. Gagnon.

north dakota history vol. 72, numbers 1 and 2VOL. 72, NOS. 1 & 2 (2005)
“Guardian of the Land: Arthur A. Link" edited by Gerald G. Newborg
“The Corps of Discovery and the Final Challenges in Rechanging the Pacific Ocean" by Gregory S. Camp


  • Tracey Potter. Sheheke, Mandan Indian Diplomat: The Story of White Coyote, Thomas Jefferson, and Lewis and Clark. Reviewed by Raymond Cross.
  • Darrin J. Rodgers. Northern Harvest: Pentecostalism in North Dakota. Reviewed by Reverend Daniel Maloney, O.S.B.
  • James J. Holmberg. Dear Brother: Letters of William Clark to Jonathan Clark. Reviewed by Peter Plodgett.
  • Claire Strom. Profiting from the Plains: The Great Northern Railway and Corporate Development of the West. Reviewed by Shelton Stromquist.
  • Audrey K. Wendland. Florence: The True Story of a Country Schoolteacher in Minnesota and North Dakota. Reviewed by Winifred DeLong.
  • W. Raymond Wood. Prologue to Lewis & Clark: The Mackay and Evans Expedition. Reviewed by Thomas D. Thiessen.
  • Diane D. Quantic and P. Jane Hafen, eds. A Great Plains Reader. Reviewed by Robert W. Lewis.
  • Paul A. Johnsgard. Great Wildlife of the Great Plains. Reviewed by H. Ted Upgren, Jr.
  • Paul A. Johnsgard and Bob Gress. Faces of the Great Plains: Prairie Wildlife. Reviewed by H. Ted Upgren, Jr.
  • Marilyn Irvin Hold. Children of the Western Plains: The Nineteenth-Century Experience. Reviewed by Linda Peavy and Ursula Smith.
  • Jennifer Sinor. The Extraordinary Work of Ordinary Writing: Annie Ray's Diary. Reviewed by Elizabeth Hampsten.
  • Maxwell Van Nuys. Inkpaduta - The Scarlet Point: Terror of the Dakota Frontier and Secret Hero of the Sioux. Reviewed by Gregory S. Camp.

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