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
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*The Dakota War in Dakota Territory
*German-Russian Country

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Thomas D. Isern 10/6/18 Having a sweet time this weekend finishing up a paper for presentation at the Western History Association meeting in San Antone in a couple of…more10/6/18 Having a sweet time this weekend finishing up a paper for presentation at the Western History Association meeting in San Antone in a couple of weeks. (Yes, I have apologized to the commentator for being so late.) I had the material in hand, mostly worked out while walking the dogs down the section roads, but there were a couple of sticking points. So last night I opened a bottle of good Ismay Scotch and sorted them out in my head. (The sticking points, not the dogs.) Now I'm thinking we should move the session of papers to up the Riverwalk to Schilo's German deli. Just seems to me the back room at Schilo's would be the perfect venue for what I have to say. With a round of Doppelbock for everyone!

7/18/18 Books, of course! Absorbed in the marketing of my new work from NDSU Press, Pacing Dakota - doing a lot of what I call gonzo marketing, author-involved, turning up where you least expect. Now I need also to bring Of Land and Sky, the work for Texas A & M, to a front burner and do my part to move production along. Simmering on the hard drive are Thinking about the Great Plains, an edited work, as well as another book of essays, A Prairie Practice: Doing History in Grassy Places. Then there is all the short-form work, which is ongoing - just recorded a couple of essays for Prairie Public this afternoon.(less)
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Pacing Dakota

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Dakota Circle: Excursions o...

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The Great Plains in American Agricultural History

In the works: a Wiley anthology, A Companion to American Agricultural History, edited by R. Douglas Hurt. I've signed on to write the chapter, up to 8000 words, on the Great Plains. My work will synthesize the standard knowledge on the subject but also introduce some non-standard interpretations drawing on my own previous work or work in progress. In general, I propose to treat the region as an agricul... Read more of this blog post »
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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)
1 chapters   —   updated Dec 27, 2017 11:01AM
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)
1 chapters   —   updated Sep 12, 2017 01:18PM
Description: Remarks for groundbreaking, Catherine Cater Hall, North Dakota State University, 12 September 2017
Pacing Dakota (History)
1 chapters   —   updated Aug 28, 2017 10:42AM
Description: Opening pages of the prologue to Pacing Dakota, book-length manuscript recently completed
Learning from the Lindis (History)
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Description: Introduction to a paper presented to the New Zealand & Australian Studies Section, Western Social Science Association, San Francisco, 13 April 2017
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Reviewed this work in the weekly feature, Plains Folk. A volume ion the series of little books, Discover the Great Plains, University of Nebraska Press. This is the best introduction to Great Plains birdlife ever.
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Reviewed this work in the weekly feature, Plains Folk. A work for the thoughtful outdoorsman, meaning who seeks and sees meaning in what he is doing and is aware of the place of hunting culture in American life.
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" Pacing Dakota, cloth edition 2018 from North Dakota State University Press, is now (as of last week) also an Audible book on the Amazon platform. Visit the p ...more "
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Do I Make Myself Clear? Why Writing Well Matters by Harold Evans
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The work has its moments, but overall disappoints in the same way the more popular Dryer work does: it fails as to rationale. The Evans work does make more of a case that, as the subtitle says, good writing matters. "The fog that envelops English is ...more
The Road From Coorain by Jill Ker Conway
" Beginning the reread of a classic - I am struck by the boldness of beginning the work with four full pages of description of the plains of western New ...more "
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Letters of Mari Sandoz by Mari Sandoz
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A thick compilation of correspondence studded with gemstones, many of them jagged. Sandoz was defensive about her homeland (the sandhills of Nebraska, and more generally, the West) and about her literary art. Her exchanges with eastern editors are en ...more
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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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