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Daughters of Dakota

Series of books edited by Sally Roesch Wagner

The Germans from Russia Heritage Collection is pleased to make available this series of six books by Dr. Sally Roesch Wagner, a native of South Dakota, who was one of the first women to receive a Ph.D. in Women's Studies in the USA, and was a founder of one of the first college Women's Studies programs.


Books available:

Volume 1
Daughters of Dakota: A Sampler of Stories from the South Dakota Pioneer Daughters Collection, 1989, 156 pages, softcover.

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From sunbonnets and headbands to babushkas and Paris designer hats, this parade of over half a century of women represents the "Daughters of Dakota." They are all ages, speak a dozen tongues, and come to the Territory riding on horseback, in stone boats and even model T's. They come alone, with girlfriends, husbands, parents, or as widows with children. Some are entranced by the haunting beauty of the Dakota prairies; other go mad with loneliness. For all, their new life is a struggle.

Volume 2
Daughters of Dakota: Stories from the Attic: The South Dakota Pioneer Daughters Collection, 1990, 166 pages, softcover.

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The attic was not history when I was growing up," says the author. "History was the story of men getting mad at each other; who fought when, why, and who won...'the pioneer came west with his wife and his cattle,' I learned in school. This is the attic history of how the pioneer came West with her family and friends.

Volume 3
Daughters of Dakota: Stories of Friendship Between Settlers and the Dakota Indians, 1990, 137 pages, softcover.

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White women came into Dakota territory with an almost pathological fear of Indians. Those who could conquer their prejudices found unexpected friendship and cooperation with a people they believed were "savage" and "war-like." Where treaties were respected by settlers, peaceful coexistence prevailed. Cultural misunderstandings - many humorous - emerge from the pages of the book, as do stories of cultural sharing.

Volume 4
Daughters of Dakota: Schooled in Privation-German, German-Russian and Scandinavian Immigrants in South Dakota, 1991, 163 pages, softcover.

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They came because the land was free, conditions were bad in the old country, land and railroad agents enticed them with mouth-watering propaganda, and friends and relatives who had already come to Dakota encouraged them to do likewise. Welcomed into the two-room shanties of the families who had arrived earlier, the newcomers located land and constructed temporary housing.

Volume 5
Daughters of Dakota: The Long Stories, 1992, 164 pages, softcover.

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These are the fascinating stories of women who pioneered in South Dakota. Selected from almost 6,000 life stories in the Pioneer Daughters collection, they draw us into a lively celebration of the rich diversity of women homesteaders. They came alone, with girlfriends, parents, or husbands. Some are entranced by the haunting beauty of the Dakota prairies; others go mad with loneliness.

Volume 6
Daughters of Dakota: Stories from the Black Hills, 1994, 183 pages, softcover. (Click here to order online)

This book represents a portion of the story of the Black Hills. These stories have been taken from the Pioneer Daughters collection.

DIARY OF ANNA BAERG - 1916-1924 - translated and edited by Gerald Peters, 1985. An eyewitness account of the turbulent revolution and civil war years (1916-1924) in Russia as seen through the eyes of a young woman. Photos are included.


Daughters of Dakota Series

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