Richard Edwards holds a PhD in Economics from Harvard University. He is Director of the Center for Great Plains Studies as well as Professor of Economics and Senior Vice Chancellor (emeritus) at the University of Nebraska. He is married and lives in Lincoln. Of his fifteen books, he has managed to publish only three without the help of co-authors.
Jacob K. Friefeld holds a PhD in history from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. He is currently a Postdoctoral Fellow at the Center for Great Plains Studies at the University of Nebraska where he continues to research homesteading. Along with homesteading, Friefeld researches nineteenth-century masculinities in the United States. He lives in Lincoln, NE with his partner and is still celebrating the Chicago Cubs’ World Series Championship.
Rebecca S. Wingo holds a PhD in history from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. She is currently a Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow in Digital Liberal Arts in the Jan Serie Center for Scholarship and Teaching at Macalester College. Wingo researches the North American and Indigenous West in the long nineteenth century. She lives in St. Paul, MN with her partner and two (mostly adoring) cats. She is also the website architect.
As with any good book, there are a lot of collaborators without whom this project would not have been possible. First and foremost, we would like to thank the Center for Great Plains Studies at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln for its support and expertise, and particularly Katie Nieland, Assitant Director and graphic designer extraordinaire. We would also like to extend thanks to the National Parks Service's Homestead National Monument of America (especially to Superintendent Mark Engler and former historian Blake Bell), Fold3.com, the Center for Digital Research in the Humanities, the historical societies for Custer and Dawes counties, and our research assistants: Rhea Wick, Robert Shepard, Brandon Locke, Michael Cooper, and Adam Hodge.