GPQ Volume 25

WINTER 2005 VOL. 25/NO. 1


Some Thoughts on the 25th Anniversary of the Great Plains Quarterly Charles A. Braithwaite 3

Deep Mapping the Biome: The Biology of Place in Don Gayton’s The Wheatgrass Mechanism and John Janovy Jr.’s Dunwoody Pond Susan Naramore Maher 7

    Key Words: Deep mapping, ecocriticism, Grasslands ecology, landscape, natural history

Child Labor in the Early Sugar Beet Industry in the Great Plains, 1890-1920 Mary Lyons-Barrett 29

    Key Words: Agriculture, child labor, German-Russians, sugar beets

A Tribute to Sue Rosowski Thomas Lyon, Hilda Raz, Linda Ray Pratt, Margie Rine, and John R. Wunder 39


Frederic Remington: The Color of Night by Nancy K. Anderson, reviewed by Suzan Campbell 45

Window on the West: Chicago and the Art of the New Frontier, 1890-1940 by Judith A. Barter, reviewed by Sascha Scott 46

Avedon at Work: In the American West by Laura Wilson, reviewed by Rick Dingus 47

Great Lonely Places of the Texas Plains by Walt McDonald and Wyman Meinzer, reviewed by James Hoggard 47

Hope and Dread in Montana Literature by Ken Egan Jr., reviewed by Sue Hart 48

Crazy Woman Creek: Women Rewrite the American West edited by Linda M. Hasselstrom, Gaydell Collier, and Nancy Curtis, reviewed by Douglas W. Werden 49

Road Trip: Conversations with Writers by Shelly Clark and Marjorie Saiser, reviewed by Jonathan Ritz 49

Western Places, American Myths: How We Think About the West edited by Gary J. Hausladen, reviewed by Francis Flavin 50

American Indians in U.S. History by Roger L. Nichols, reviewed by William Bauer 51

A Vast and Open Plain: The Writings of the Lewis and Clark Expedition in North Dakota, 1804-1806 edited by Clay S. Jenkinson, reviewed by Douglas C. Munski 51

The Fate of the Corps: What Became of the Lewis and Clark Explorers After the Expedition by Larry E. Morris, reviewed by Roger L. Nichols 52

Epic Wanderer: David Thompson and the Mapping of the Canadian West by D’Arcy Jenish, reviewed by Derek Hayes 53

Bleeding Kansas: Contested Liberty in the Civil War Era by Nicole Etcheson, reviewed by Gunja SenGupta, 54

Gone to Texas: A History of the Lone Star State by Randolph B. Campbell, reviewed by Eugene Atkinson 54

Circle of Fire: The Indian War of 1865 by John D. McDermott, reviewed by Charles M. Robinson III 55

Kansas Charley: The Story of a Nineteenth-Century Boy Murderer by Joan Jacobs Brumberg, reviewed by Sarah Bohl 56

Vote Your Conscience: The Last Campaign of George McGovern by Richard Michael Marano, reviewed by John E. Miller 56

What’s the Matter with Kansas?: How Conservatives Won the Heart of America by Thomas Frank, reviewed by Donald P. Haider-Markel 57

Native North American Armor, Shields, and Fortifications by David E. Jones, reviewed by Robert Fields 58

Gambling and Survival in Native North America by Paul Pasquaretta, reviewed by James V. Fenelon 59

Going Native or Going Naïve? White Shamanism and the Neo-Noble Savage by Dagmar Wernitznig, reviewed by S. Elizabeth Bird 60

SPRING 2005 VOL. 25/NO. 2

“Vanishing” Indians?: Cultural Persistence on Display at the Omaha World’s Fair of 1898 Josh Clough 67

    Key Words: Grass dance, Omaha, Trans-Mississippi Exposition, U.S. Indian Bureau, Wild West Shows

Adversaries and Allies: Rival National Suffrage Groups and the 1882 Nebraska Woman Suffrage Campaign Carmen Heider 87

    Key Words: Nebraska, rhetoric, Thayer County, Woman Suffrage

Wither the Fruited Plain: The Long Expedition and the Description of the “Great American Desert” Kevin Z. Sweeney 105

    Key Words: dendrochronology, drought, “Great American Desert,” paleoclimatology, Stephen Long Expedition


Different Ways of Viewing a Monument by David A. Wolff. A review of Mount Rushmore: An Icon Reconsidered by Jesse Larner and Great White Fathers: The Story of the Obsessive Quest to Create Mt. Rushmore by John Taliaferro119


Myths America Lives By by Richard T. Hughes, reviewed by Kris Fresonke 123

The Texas Indians by David La Vere, reviewed by Thomas R. Hester 124

Before Lewis and Clark: The Story of the Chouteaus, the French Dynasty That Ruled America’s Frontier by Shirley Christian, reviewed by C. David Rice 124

Wilderness Journey: The Life of William Clark by William E. Foley, reviewed by Jay H. Buckley 125

William Clark and the Shaping of the West by Landon Y. Jones, reviewed by Jay H. Buckley 125

Cherokee Women in Crisis: Trail of Tears, Civil War, and Allotment, 1838-1907 by Carolyn Ross Johnston, reviewed by Rowena McClinton 126

The Great Sioux Uprising: Rebellion on the Plains, August-September 1862 by Jerry Keenan, reviewed by Paul N. Beck 127

Ethnic Oasis: The Chinese in the Black Hills by Liping Zhu and Rose Estep Fosha, reviewed by William Wei 128

How the Vote Was Won: Woman Suffrage in the Western United States, 1868-1914 by Rebecca J. Mead, reviewed by Karen E. Campbell 129

High River and the Times: An Alberta Community and Its Weekly Newspaper, 1905-1966 by Paul Voisey and Joe Clark, reviewed by Bert Deyell 130

Ghost Towns Alive: Trips to New Mexico’s Past by Linda G. Harris and Pamela Porter, reviewed by David Pike 130

Karl Bodmer’s North American Prints edited by Brandon K. Ruud, reviewed by David C. Hunt 131

Remington Schuyler’s West: Artistic Visions of Cowboys and Indians by Henry W. Hamilton and Jean Tyree Hamilton, reviewed by Marie Watkins 132

Writing Her Own Life: Imogene Welch, Western Rural Schoolteacher by Mary Clearman Blew, reviewed by Linda K. Karell 133

Ojibwa Warrior: Dennis Banks and the Rise of the American Indian Movement by Dennis Banks and Richard Erdoes, reviewed by Akim D. Reinhardt 134

Rock, Ghost, Willow, Deer: A Story of Survival by Allison Adelle Hedge Coke, reviewed by Norma C. Wilson 135

Not Just Any Land: A Personal and Literary Journey into the American Grasslands by John Price, reviewed by Walter Isle 135

SUMMER 2005 VOL. 25/NO. 3

Alexandra's Dreams: "The Mightiest of all Lovers" in Willa Cather's O Pioneers! Maire Mullins 147

    Key Words: Alexandra Bergson, Willa Cather, farming, O Pioneers!, spirituality

The Buffalo Commons: Great Plains Residents' Responses to a Radical Vision Amanda Rees 161

    Key Words: Buffalo Commons, environmentalism, Frank and Deborah Popper, rural communities

"We Will Talk of Nothing Else": Dakota Interpretations of the Treaty of 1837 Linda Clemmons 173

    Key Words: Antebellum Indian Policy, Eastern Dakota, Indian Historiography missionaries, Treaty of 1837


Unaffected by the Gospel: Osage Resistance to the Christian Invasion, 1673-1906: A Cultural Victory by Willard Hughes Rollings, reviewed by J. Frederick Fausz 187

Scenes of Visionary Enchantment: Reflections on Lewis and Clark by Dayton Duncan, reviewed by Carolyn Gilman 188

Sheheke, Mandan Indian Diplomat: The Story of White Coyote, Thomas Jefferson, and Lewis and Clark by Tracy Potter, reviewed by Joseph C. Jastrzembski 188

On the River with Lewis and Clark by Verne Huser, reviewed by Carol Medlicott 189

Feasting and Fasting with Lewis & Clark: A Food and Social History of the Early 1800s by Leandra Zim Holland, reviewed by Barbara G. Shortridge 190

The Lewis and Clark Expedition: Then and Now by David Kvernes, ed., reviewed by Barton H. Barbour 191

The Plains Sioux and U.S. Colonialism from Lewis and Clark to Wounded Knee by Jeffrey Ostler, reviewed by Carole Barrett 191

Indian Views of the Custer Fight: A Source Book by Richard G. Hardorff, ed., reviewed by Herman J. Viola 192

Reflections on Native-Newcomer Relations: Selected Essays by J.R. Miller, reviewed by Robin Jarvis Brownlie 193

The Old Iron Road: An Epic of Rails, Roads, and the Urge to Go West by David Haward Bain reviewed by H. Roger Grant 194

The Lavender Scare: The Persecution of Gays and Lesbians in the Federal Government by David L. Johnson, reviewed by Louis Crompton 194

American Indian Education: A History by John Reyhner and Jeanne Eder, reviewed by Clyde Ellis 195

Indigenizing the Academy: Transforming Scholarship and Empowering Communities by Devon Abbott Mihesuah and Angela Cavender Wilson, reviewed by William G. Demmert Jr. 196

American Indian Thought: Philosophical Essays by Anne Waters, ed., reviewed by Sandy Grande 198

Writing Grief: Margaret Laurence and the Work of Mourning by Christian Riegel, reviewed by Helen M. Buss 199

Louis Owens: Literary Reflections on His Life and Work by Jacquelyn Kilpatrick, ed., reviewed by Kimberly Roppolo 200

Weldon Kees and the Arts at Midcentury by Daniel A. Siedell, ed., reviewed by Stephen C. Foster 201

Western Rider: Views from a Car Window by Chuck Forsman, reviewed by David Taylor 201

Oklahoma Tough: My Father, King of the Tulsa Bootleggers by Ron Padgett, reviewed by Suzanne Jones Crawford 202

College Rodeo: From Show to Sport by Sylvia Gann Mahoney, reviewed by George H. Pfeiffer 203

FALL 2005 VOL. 25/NO. 4

“Her Heritage is Helpful”: Race, Ethnicity, and Gender in the Politicization of LaDonna Harris Sarah Eppler Janda 211

    Key Words: assimilation, civil rights, Comanche, Oklahoma, racism, sterotypes

Gendering the Frontier in O.E. Rölvaag’s Giants in the Earth John Muthyala 229

    Key Words: Frontier literature, Norwegian immigrant, Rölvaag, women

“Men Alone Cannot Settle a Country”: Domesticating Nature in the Kansas-Nebraska Grasslands Chad Montrie 245

    Key Words: domesticity, environment, Kansas, Nebraska, women, work


The Anguish of Snails: Native American Folklore in the West by Barre Toelken, reviewed by Raymond J. DeMallie 259

Willa Cather and Material Culture: Real-World Writing, Writing the Real World edited by Janis P. Stout, reviewed by Steven Trout 260

Adventures with a Texas Humanist by James Ward Lee, reviewed by Steve Davis 260

Texas Literary Outlaws: Six Writers in the Sixties and Beyond by Steven L. Davis, reviewed by Tom Pilkinton 261

Folk Furniture of Canada’s Doukhobors, Hutterites, Mennonites and Ukrainians by John Fleming and Michael Rowan, reviewed by Ervin Beck 262

Magic off Main: The Art of Esther Warkov by Beverly J. Rasporich, reviewed by Eleanor Lazare 263

“We’re The Light Crust Doughboys from Burrus Mill”: An Oral History by Jean Boyd, reviewed by Kevin Coffey 264

Rock Beneath the Sand: Country Churches in Texas by Lois E. Myers, Rebecca Sharpless and Clark G. Baker, reviewed by William E. Montgomery 265

Windmill Tales: Stories from the American Wind Power Center edited by Coy Harris, Wyman Meinzer, photographer, reviewed by Tom White 266

Western Lives: A Biographical History of the American West edited by Richard Etulain, reviewed by Richmond L. Clow 266

Finding Lewis and Clark: Old Trails, New Directions edited by James P. Rhonda and Nancy Tystad Koupal, reviewed by David Bernstein 267

Discovering Lewis and Clark from the Air by Jim Wark and Joseph A. Mussulman, reviewed by Gary Huibregtse 268

Rivers of Change: Trailing the Waterways of Lewis and Clark by Tom Mullen, reviewed by Robert K. Schneiders 269

Lewis and Clark, Tailor Made, Trail Worn: Army Life, Clothing, and Weapons of the Corps of Discovery by Robert J. Moore Jr. and Michael Haynes, reviewed by Mark J. Reardon 270

The Food Journal of Lewis and Clark: Recipes for an Expedition by Mary Gunderson, reviewed by Mary Wallace Kelsey 271

Confronting Race: Women and Indians on the Frontier, 1815-1915 by Glenda Riley, reviewed by Margaret Jacobs 272

Peacekeeping on the Plains: Army Operations in Bleeding Kansas by Tony R. Mullis, reviewed by Samuel Watson 273

Cities on the Plains: The Evolution of Urban Kansas by James R. Shortridge, reviewed by James E. Sherow 273

Red Earth: Race and Agriculture in Oklahoma Territory by Bonnie Lynn-Sherow, reviewed by Jere W. Roberson 274

Austin, Cleared for Takeoff: Aviators, Businessmen, and the Growth of an American City by Kenneth B. Ragsdale, reviewed by Roger Bilstein 275

The Strange Career of Bilingual Education in Texas, 1936-1981 by Carlos Kevin Blanton, reviewed by Elaine K. Horwitz 276

George McGovern: A Political Life, a Political Legacy edited by Robert P. Watson, reviewed by Jon K. Lauck 277

Harm’s Way: Disaster in Western Canada edited by Anthony Rasporich and Max Foran, reviewed by Patricia E. Roy 278

Red River Rising: The Anatomy of a Flood and the Survival of an American City by Ashley Shelby, reviewed by Kathryn Sweney 279

Heads above Water: Gender, Class, and Family in the Grand Forks Flood by Alice Fothergill, reviewed by F.Richard Ferraro 279