Thomas D. Isern

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Professor of History & University Distinguished Professor, North Dakota State University
Author & presenter of Plains Folk on Prairie Public radio
Married to historian & editor Suzzanne Kelley
Home in North Dakota, farm in Kansas
Bethany Swede
OSU Cowboy
NDSU Bison
Originator of the following Goodreads Listopia lists:
*The Dakota War in Dakota Territory
*German-Russian Country

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Thomas D. Isern Current long-form work: an 8000-word essay for the Wiley Companion to American Agricultural History, edited by R. Douglas Hurt. Subject: The Great Pla…moreCurrent long-form work: an 8000-word essay for the Wiley Companion to American Agricultural History, edited by R. Douglas Hurt. Subject: The Great Plains.(less)
Thomas D. Isern Having finished the Wiley chapter on agriculture of the Great Plains, I'm moving on to another commissioned piece, this one for an anthology being put…moreHaving finished the Wiley chapter on agriculture of the Great Plains, I'm moving on to another commissioned piece, this one for an anthology being put together by Jon Lauck. My subject is the shape of South Dakota - no irony intended! Addressing the question how, through the stages of territorial acquisition, territorial organization, and statehood movements, South Dakota came to have the borders that define the modern state. This could become a rather mechanical, legalistic, political narrative, but I am choosing to make it something else: the story of developing interests and societies that pushed and pulled the territory into the shape of the state as we now know it. I am being fortified, intellectually, by a growing bibliography, and physically, by stacks of books hauled home by my F150, The Pacer. Sometime early summer there will be a research expedition to Pierre, where I will divide time between the heritage center and the Zesto Drive-In.(less)
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Let the Herd Be Heard (Nonfiction)
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Description: Team talk for the NDSU Bison football program, 11 September 2020
To Renew the Commitment (Nonfiction)
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Description: Remarks for reception at NDSU Archives, 15 February 2018
Remarks on the Life and Work of Michael Miller (Select)
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Description: Remarks for the celebration of fifty years of service to NDSU Libraries by Michael Miller McGovern Alumni Center, 27 October 2017
Butterfly Dreaming (Nonfiction)
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Pacing Dakota (History)
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“Mountains are all right, I guess, because you can get on top of them and get a good view of the plains.”
Thomas D. Isern

“In Conclusion, let us inquire what has been and what is to be the Meaning of the Great Plains in American Life”
Walter P. Webb

“We agreed that no one who had not grown up in a little prairie town could know anything about it. It was a kind of freemasonry, we said.”
Willa Cather

“Once in his life a man ought to concentrate his mind upon the remembered earth. He ought to give himself up to a particular landscape in his experience; to look at it from as many angles as he can, to wonder about it, to dwell upon it. He ought to imagine that he touches it with his hands at every season and listens to the sounds that are made upon it. He ought to imagine the creatures there and all the faintest motions of the wind. He ought to recollect the glare of the moon and the colors of the dawn and dusk.”
N. Scott Momaday

“For history is a pontoon bridge. Every man walks and works at its building end, and has come as far as he has over the pontoons laid by others he may never have heard of.”
Wallace Stegner

“Why not a new village of farmers, citizens of the world through schools and radio and space-consuming transportation, grouped together in friendly sociability, building directly upon the soil?”
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