History of North Dakota

History of North Dakota

History of North Dakota

History of North Dakota

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There are two keys to understanding the history of North Dakota. The first concerns the context of historical movements in Europe and North America during which North Dakota was explored, settled, and developed. The second deals with North Dakota's geographical location and the various ways in which that location influenced the course of events within the state. Studied together, they give form and meaning to the story of how a modern, civilized society was carved out of the wilderness of the Northern Great Plains.

Of the two keys, location is more important because from it spring six themes which dominate the North Dakota story: remoteness, dependence, economic disadvantage, agrarian radicalism, the "TooMuch Mistake" (trying to do too much too fast with too little), and adaptation to environment. Every event in the history of the state is related in some way to one or more of them.

In writing this volume, I have utilized these concepts as a means of interpreting the North Dakota experience, not only for North Dakotans, but for all who would understand the state and its people. I have therefore sought to view North Dakota's history in broad perspective, relating it to major events in the history of the Western world, and to demonstrate how the conditions of existence shaped the character of . . .

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