Book: Dakota Territory 1861-1889: A Study of Frontier Politics

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Yale professor Howard Lamar’s study of this legendary swath of American plains has become a classic of Western history. First published some four decades ago, the compelling story of territorial power and intrigue still dramatizes the astounding confidence and rugged determination of this country’s Old West pioneers. This political history of the Dakotas at their infancy offers readers a powerful picture of the politicians who carved a government out of a frontier and turned it into not one, but two huge states.

Howard Lamar is one of America’s most important Western historians. Born in Tuskegee, Ala., in 1923, he received his Ph.D from Yale University in 1951. He has been at Yale since, serving in a number of teaching and administrative roles, including president of the university in 1992-93. He has written and edited a number of books and articles on Western history. Since 1994 he has been Sterling Professor of History Emeritus at Yale.

The Institute for Regional Studies is proud to bring back a work long out of print, and deserving of presentation to a new generation of Western historians and others who want to learn more about this fascinating era in American history.


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Howard Roberts Lamar
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Hardcover, 302 pages, 3rd printing from 1997