I was kind of disappointed with BADLANDS
. It's a good read and Raban does a good job of summarizing homesteading as a national event . . . but I didn't come away from the book with a sense of place.
It could have been the story of any of hundreds of homestead communities across the American West. I guess I was hoping to read something more firmly rooted in Southeastern Montana. Part of that is because I have family who homesteaded and ranched in and around Ismay, in the Knowlton Hills, and along the lower Powder River. So, I suppose, I was wanting to read something that was more firmly anchored in the land.
I wouldn't not
recommend Raban's book, but I would recommend that folks also read other works on homesteading in Montana and not rely solely on his work.
One that I would recommend would be Percy Wollaston's memoir. Raban cites it extensively in his book, so why not go straight to the source
Wollaston, Percy. HOMESTEADING
Notes: Pioneers -- Montana -- Ismay -- Biography; Frontier and pioneer life -- Montana -- Ismay; Named Person: Wollaston, Percy, 1904- -- Childhood and youth; Ismay (Mont.) -- Biography; Ismay (Mont.) -- Social life and customs.
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Frank E. Ross wrote
>> Could someone tell me why some of the input previously made to this site, forum, thread (what the hell ever you call it) has been deleted.
Frank, part of the problem is that we have two "Best Books" threads going - this one and another. I picked the wrong one when I posted yesterday - I meant to resurrect this one - sorry http://milescity.com/forums/posts/view/?fpid=20373