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The History of The Northern Great Plains, 1880-1920 CD


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The History of The Northern Great Plains, 1880-1920 CD

The History of The Northern Great Plains, 1880-1920 CD

The History of The Northern Great Plains, 1880-1920 CD

This CD contains over 900 images, which document the settling of the Northern Great Plains towards the end of the 19th century. It covers areas that are now recognized as parts of North Dakota, Minnesota and Montana.

These images, of which about a third appear in color, cover a wide spectrum of activities that kept the settlers busy from dawn to dusk - from daily chores on the farms to activities centered on the schools, churches and social events. Several early homes built of sod and lumber are seen as well. The CD also captures the ethnic diversity of the plains, with Norwegian Americans, Icelandic Americans, Canadian Americans, British Americans, and others appearing in many of the shots.

Witness how early settlers converted untamed prairie to lush farmland on the Northern Great Plains at the turn of the 20th century in this rare and historic CD.

It was the lure of free or inexpensive land that drew thousands of settlers to the Northern Great Plains. In a short span of just 35 years, over 350,000 immigrants entered North Dakota Territory alone. The completion of the railroad gave further impetus to this influx, which saw people use every other means of transport available to them as well, including ox-drawn wagons, stagecoaches and steamboats.

The settlers were offered the option of either buying land at reasonable prices from the railroad or living on and improving 160 acres of homestead land for a number of years, after which the land was theirs. They were also promised an additional 160 acres of land, which they could claim by planting and maintaining trees on the prairie.

The Northern Pacific Railroad and investors from eastern states, however, invested in large farms, which they used for cultivation of wheat. These lavish farms - some of them covering 65,000 acres, were highly successful and profitable ventures and were soon dubbed ‘bonanza farms’.

The settlers, though, faced many hardships and difficulties before they settled down on the rich but untamed land.

This CD presents a vibrant slice of life on the Northern Great Plains through vivid photographs some captured on evocative black and white film and others hand-painted in exciting hues.

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"History owes a huge debt to one man who spent sixty years of his life in recording the story of the settlement of the Great Northern Plains in a most unusual manner. This outstanding historian is none other than Fred Hultstrand, whose fascination for even the tiniest aspects of life - which others may easily have ignored or taken for granted - and his equally compelling desire to record his observations on film resulted in a fabulous collection of photographs.

This CD, with over 900 graphic photographs taken by Hultstrand, portrays a diverse subject content, ranging from early sod homes, to farming scenes, to small town life, to social events, and to education on the prairie. It also records the transformation of a part of the American frontier in the short span of forty years, from the early 1880s to the 1920s.

As a historical record, these images are unquestionably priceless, but they serve a much larger purpose than merely recording events. These photographs speak of a great conquest - that of man over circumstances and pays rich tribute to the families who endured each challenge thrown at them with spirited determination.

They say a picture is worth a thousand words and you don’t have to look beyond this rare and historic CD for proof of this. I am certain that this CD will serve to enrich and broaden the scope of understanding of life in the Northern Great Plains at the turn of the 20th century in a delightful manner and that it will be a valuable addition to any collection of historic CDs."


"Ever since I viewed the magnificent images of the Northern Plains on this CD, my admiration for these frontiersmen has gone up by several notches. It surely took a lot of guts to venture out in covered wagons over trail-less tracts of land and attempt to scratch out a living from just a small patch of virgin prairie. I was also amazed at how quickly the settlers seem to have settled down to their new lifestyles. I must say a big thanks to both the person who went through a great deal of trouble to shoot these photographs and also to the people at a2zcds who cared enough about our history to put these images on a CD."

Customer's Name: Ron West (Denver, Colorado)

"I am a fourth generation resident of Minnesota and this CD gave me a valuable insight into what my great grandparents went through while settling on these fertile, but uncultivated tracts of grassland. Life must have been tough, but these hardy people seem to have found time for enjoyment as well, as seen in some of the pictures in this CD which show families engaged in picnics and other social activities. The photographs are surprisingly clear (given their age and the times when they were shot) and the color enhancement in some of them makes them stunningly attractive. Thanks everybody who put these images on this splendid CD."

Customer's Name: Maria Scott (Hamilton, Montana)

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