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Unit 5: Modernizing North Dakota, 1914 - 1929

During World War I, while North Dakotans were serving with the Armed Forces or the Red Cross in Europe, the state experimented with a new political direction in the Nonpartisan League. Modern technology in the form of electricity, telephones, radios, cars, and gasoline-powered farm equipment modernized rural North Dakota. Though the war had brought high prices for farm commodities, the farm economy began to fail during the 1920s, hastening the movement of people from farms to the cities of North Dakota and other states.

Document Sets:

Document Set 1: The Great War, a Photo Essay

Document Set 2: News Reports of the Great War, 1917

Document Set 3: Leila Halverson Goes to War

Document Set 4: The Spanish Flu in North Dakota

Document Set 5: Town Life in North Dakota, Holmboe Films


Red Star Coal Mine Map (1924)

North Dakota Trunk Highway Map (1924)

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