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Homesteading the Plains: Toward a New History (2017) is available through the University of Nebraska Press or Amazon.
Attractively and accurately written, this book demolishes much conventional wisdom about homesteading - that it was a minor factor in settlement, that most claims never proved up, that fraud was "rife." The book also seriously revises the idea that homesteading dispossessed Indians, expands our understanding of women homesteaders, and explains how homesteading helped build communities. This is the most thoughtful analysis of homesteading to appear in many years.

- Walter Nugent (emeritus), University of Notre Dame