Dakota Diaspora: Memoirs of a Jewish Homesteader
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Dakota Diaspora: Memoirs of a Jewish Homesteader

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To most Jewish immigrants New York was America. Not many ventured as far as North Dakota at the turn of the century. Sophie Trupin writes of her father and other Jewish farmers who came to the northern plains: "Each was a Moses in his own right, leading his people out of the land of bondage—out of czarist Russia, out of anti-Semitic Poland, out of Romania and Galicia. Each...more
Paperback, 160 pages
Published November 1st 1988 by University of Nebraska Press
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Harriet Rochlin
Sophie Trupin and I sprang from the same Eastern European Jewish roots. Her vividly personal recollections suggest that there are two million variations on Jewish flight to the United States between 1881 and 1924. Through the perplexed eyes and emotions of a Russian-Jewish girl, Trupin relives her family's flight from Old Country constraints -- Jewish and governmental -- to homesteading in alien and relatively empty North Dakota. The antagonism that erupts between her delicate and conventional m...more
Oleg Kagan
Read this whole book on the plane from Boston to Los Angeles.

Light reading, really. Anecdotal tales of a Jewish girl growing up in North Dakota at the turn-of-the-century.

Themes are survival, holding on to religion, memory, parenting, aging, customs.

I enjoy books about pioneers (hence my love of Willa Cather) and this one fits the bill.
I read this on the recommendation of a creative writing teacher whose father was born to Romanian Jewish homesteaders outside Wing, N.D. in 1908. The baby grew up to be a character in a history I am writing of art in Chicago. Trupin's book is simple and surprisingly beautiful.
Really annoyed that the author left out important biographical details such as the name of her mother, town the left in Russia, etc. But it's still an interesting account of the life of Jewish homesteaders on the prairie.
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