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I just finished reading Land of the Burnt Thigh (Borealis Books) by Edith Eudora Kohl. I found this book on our trip, but didn't have the money to buy it... I bought it from Amazon on payday. It was a really good book... I'm glad I bought it to read. I didn't think of homesteading as something that happened with in the last 100 years... but it was. if you are curious about what it was like... get this book... She really tells the story well. its not just about her and her sister, but also abou...more
This book is probably the most amazing and engrossing memoir I've ever read. First published in 1938, it is Edith Eudora Kohl's account of homesteading in South Dakota with her sister in the first decade of the 20th century. One point that she stresses in this book is that the American frontier lasted much longer that is usually acknowledged—a fact I'd noted before in the late setting of many Western novels by authors who lived at that time. The last wave of pioneers, one of the largest, continu...more
I read this book many years ago. The story was fresh and told the true story of two sisters who were granted homestead land in Dakota Territory. It told of their struggles from little things like burying water in jars in the dirt to the greatest fear of all - prarie fires. A truly facinating look into a little known part of our history - single pioneer women trying to establish a homestead on their own.
a tale of the exploits of the women of the west who took up homesteading and open up land for development and earlier entrepreneurial endeavours. a good read for anyone interested in non-traditional roles and the credit given to the many women who chose a difficult, but rewarding role for themselves away from the city and family...
I found this book to be much more enjoyable than I anticipated. I was fearful of a dry narrative with little substance on a boring topic. However, I was pleasantly surprised with Kohl's writing style, and the book was definitely worth reading for anyone interested in the population booms of South Dakota.
My mom raved about this book, and then when I tried to talk to her about it after I read it, it turned out she didn't even remember what it was about. It is kind of impressive what these women did, though--assuming some or all of it is true. And now I'm even more scared of rattlesnakes. Thanks, Mom.
This book is an incredible insight into the lives of the men, women and children who "conquered" South Dakota. Centered around "Women Homesteaders", this book is not only educational but also humorous. When you're feeling like life's not being fair because your computer has crashed, your car has broken down or your ATM card was eaten by a machine, try reading "Land of the Burnt Thigh" and realize just how lucky we are in this era! ;D Definitely a very good book which I would recommend to anyone...more