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Great Plains & Mississippi Valley






Adams, Alexander B. Sunlight and Storm: the Great American Plains. NY: Putnam, 1977.

Anderson, Hattie M. "Missouri, 1804-1826: Peopling a Frontier State." Missouri Historical Review 31 (January 1937).

Barry, Louise. The Beginnings of the West: Annals of the Kansas Gateway to the American West, 1540-1854. Topeka: Kansas State Historical Society, 1972.

Bogue, Allan G. From Prairie to Corn Belt: Farming on the Illinois and Iowa Prairies in the Nineteenth Century. Chicago: University of Chcago Press, 1963.

Breezley, William H. "Homesteading in Nebraska, 1862-1872." Nebraska History 53 (Spring 1972).

Caruso, John A. The Mississippi Valley Frontier: the Age of French Exploration and Settlement. Indianapolis: Bobbs-Merrill, 1966.

Clapsaddle, David K. "The Fort Hays-Fort Dodge Road." Kansas History 14 (September 1991): 101-12.

Conzen, Michael P. "Local Migration systems in Nineteenth-Century Iowa." Geographical Review 64 (1974): 339-61.

Dick, Everett Newfon. Conquering the Great American Desert: Nebraska. Lincoln: Nebraska State Historical Society, 1975.

Dick, Everett Newfon. The Sod-House Frontier, 1854-1890: a Social History of the Northern Plains from the Creation of Kansas & Nebraska to the Admission of the Dakotas. NY: D. Appleton-Century Co., 1937.

Drago, Harry S. Great American Cattle Trails. NY: Dodd Mead, 1965. {Massachusetts to the Midwest}

Dunlop, Richard. Great Trails of the West. Nashville, TN: Abingdon Press, 1971.

Ellis, James F. The Influence of Environment on the Settlement of Missouri. St Louis: Webster Publishing Co, 1929.

Faris, John Thomson. On the Trail of the Pioneers, Romance, Tragedy and Triumph of the Path of Empire. NY: George H. Doran Co, 1920.

Fite, Gilbert C. The Farmer's Frontier, 1865-1900. NY: Holt, 1966.

Freedom, Gary S. "The Role of the Military and the Spread of Settlement in the Northern Great Plains, 1866-1891." Midwest Review 9 (Spring 1987): 1-11.

Gates, Paul W. "Homesteading on the High Plains." Agricultural History 51 (January 1977).

Gates, Paul W. "The Role of the Land Speculator in Western Development." Pennsylvania Magazine of History and Biography 46 (Jul 1942).

Gerlach, Russell L. "Population Origins in Rural Missouri." Missouri Historical Review 71 (October 1976).

Goodwin, Cardinal Leonidas. "The American Occupation of Iowa, 1833-1860." Iowa Journal of History & Politics 17 (January 1910).

Goodwin, Cardinal Leonidas. "The Movement of American Settlers into Wisconsin and Minnesota." Iowa Journal of History & Politics 17 (July 1919).

Goodwin, Cardinal Leonidas. The Trans-Mississippi West (1803-1853), a History of Its Acquisition and Settlement. NY: Appleton, 1922.

Hamburg, James F. "Railroads and the Settlement of South Dakota during the Great Dakota Boom, 1878-1887." South Dakota History 5 (Spring 1975).

Hammer, Kenneth M. "Come to God's Country: Promotional Efforts in Dakota Territory, 1861-1889." South Dakota History 10 (Fall 1980).

Hammer, Kenneth M. "Railroads and the Frontier Garrisons of Dakota Territory." North Dakota History 46 (Summer 1979): 24-34.

Hannon, Jessie Gould (comp). The Boston-Newton Company Venture; from Massachusetts to California in 1849. Lincoln: University of Nebraska Press, 1969.

Hines, Celinda Elvira (ed). Emotional Waves on the Prairie Sea: New York to Oregon in ‘53: A Compilation of Diaries, Letters, and Reminiscent Accounts. North Liberty, IA: Ice Cube Press, 2003.

Hoig, Stan. The Oklahoma Land Rush of 1889. Oklahoma City, OK: Oklahoma Historical Society, 1984.

Hunter, Louis C. Steamboats on the Western Waters. Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press, 1949.

Hutton, Paul A. "’Fort Desolation’: The Military Establishment, the Railroad, and Settlement on the Northern Plains." North Dakota History 56 (Spring 1989): 21-30.

Jackson, W. Turrentine. "The Army Engineers as Road Builders in Territorial Iowa." Iowa Journal of History & Politics 47 (January 1949).

Jackson, W. Turrentine. Wagon Roads West: a Study of Frontier Road Surveys and Construction in the Trans-Mississippi West, 1846-1869. Rev. ed. Lincoln: University of Nebraska Press, 1980.

Jeffrey, Julie Roy. Frontier Women: The Trans-Mississippi West, 1840-1880. NY: Hill and Wang, 1979.

Kedro, Milan J. "The Three-Notch Road Frontier: a Century of Social and Economic Change in the St. Genevieve District." Missouri Historical Society Bulletin 29 (April 1973).

Leaman, Bertha R. "An Early Settler in Iowa: Westward Expansion in Microcosm." Annals of Iowa 41 (Summer 1971).

Lewis, Theodore B. "The National Cattle Trail, 1881-1886." Nebraska History 52 (Summer 1971).

Lough, Jean C. "Gateway to the Promised Land: the Role Played by the Southern Kansas Towns in the Opening of the Cherokee Strip to Settlement." Kansas Historical Quarterly 25 (Spring 1959).

Luebke, Frederick C. "Ethnic Group Settlement on the Great Plains." Western Historical Quarterly 8 (Oct 1977).

McDermott, John D. Gold Rush: the Black Hills Story. Pierre, SD: South Dakota State Historical Society Press, 2001.

Mantor, Lyle E. "Fort Kearny and the Westward Movement." Nebraska History 29 (September 1948): 175-207.

Nasatir, Abraham P. "The Anglo-Spanish Frontier on the Upper Mississippi, 1786-1796." Iowa Journal of History & Politics 29 (April 1931).

Oliva, Leo E. "Frontier Forts and the Settlement of Western Kansas." IN: Blackburn, Forrest R., et al (eds), Kansas and the West: Bicentennial Essays in Honor of Nyle H. Miller (Topeka: Kansas State Historical Society, 1976): 59-73.

Orr, Mary Mark. "Guittard Station on the St. Joe Road." Nebraska History 66 (Summer 1985).

Painter, Nell I. Exodusters: Black Migration to Kansas after Reconstruction. NY: Knopf, 1976.

Pritchett, John P. The Red River Valley, 1811-1849. New Haven, CT: Yale University, Division of Economics, 1942.

Rathjen, Frederick W. "The Federal Role in Opening the Panhandle." Panhandle-Plains Historical Review 49 (1976): 1-24.

Reggie, Michael H. "Troubled Times: Homesteading in Short Grass Country, 1892-1900." Chronicles of Oklahoma 57 (Summer 1979).

Riley, Glenda. The Female Frontier: a Comparative View of Women on the Prairie and the Plains. Lawrence, KS: University Press of Kansas, 1988.

Rister, Carl C. No Man's Land. Norman: University of Oklahoma Press, 1948. {Oklahoma}

Robbins, Eloise F. "The Original Military Post Road between Fort Leavenworth and Fort Scott." Kansas History 1 (Summer 1979).

Rumney, Thomas. "Salt and Settlement in Nineteenth-Century Nebraska." Material Culture 16 (Spring 1984).

Savelle, Max. "The Founding of New Madrid." Mississippi Valley Historical Review 19 (June 1932).

Schroeder, Walter A. Opening the Ozarks: a Historical Geography of Missouri's Ste. Genevieve District, 1760-1830. Columbia: University of Missouri Press, 2002.

Shortridge, James R. Peopling the Plains: Who Settled Where in Frontier Kansas. Lawrence, KS: University Press of Kansas, 1995.

Socolofsky, Homer E. "Land Disposal in Nebraska, 1854-1906: the Homestead Story." Nebraska History 48 (Autumn 1967).

Shannon, Fred A. The Farmers' Last Frontier. NY: Farrar Straus, 1945.

Sober, Nancy Hope. The Intruders: the Illegal Residents of the Cherokee Nation, 1866-1907. Ponca City, OK: Cherokee Books, 1991.

Spence, Clark. "The Landless Man and the Manless Land." Western Historical Quarterly 16 (Oct 1985).

Stover, John F. Iron Roads to the West: American Railroads in the 1850s. NY: Columbia University Press, 1978.

Strickland, Arvah E. "Toward the Promised Land: The Exodus to Kansas and Afterward." Missouri Historical Review 69 (July 1975).

Taber, Clarence Wilbur. Breaking Sod on the Prairies: A Story of Early Days in Dakota. Yonkers-on-Hudson, NY: World Book Company, 1924.

Taylor, George R. The Transportation Revolution, 1815-1860. NY: Rinehart, 1951.

Throne, Mildred. "A Population Study of an Iowa County in 1850." Iowa Journal of History 57 (October 1959). {an excellent case study of Wapello County}

Turner, Alvin O. "Order and Disorder: The Opening of the Cherokee Outlet." Chronicles of Oklahoma 71 (Summer 1993): 154-73.

Voss, Stuart F. "Town Growth in Central Missouri, 1815-1860: an Urban Chaparral." Missouri Historical Review 64 (October 1969 & January 1970).

Walsh, Andrew S. & Robert V. Wells. "Population Dynamics in the Eighteenth-Century Mississippi River Valley: Acadians in Louisiana." Journal of Southern History 11 (Summer 1978).

Webb, Walter Prescott. The Great Plains. Boston: Ginn & Co, 1931.

Whitaker, Arthur P. The Spanish-American Frontier, 1783-1795. Boston: Houghton, 1927.

Williams, Nudie E. "Black Newspapers and the Exodusters of 1879." Kansas History 8 (Winter 1985/86).

Winther, Oscar O. The Transportation Frontier: Trans-Mississippi West, 1865-1890. NY: Rinehart & Winston, 1964.

Woods, Randall B. & David A. Sloan. "Kansas Quakers and the 'Great Exodus': Conflicting Perceptions of Responsibility within a Nineteen-Century Reform Community." Historian 48 (November 1985).