The Plains Political Tradition

Essays on South Dakota Political Culture, Volume 3

The Plains Political Tradition


$24.95, Paperback
ISBN: 9781941813195

Pre-order today! (Available Sept. 8, 2018)

Not all politics is party politics. Nowhere is this fact more apparent than within the boundaries of South Dakota. Although the state is known for its agrarian conservatism, political tradition in the land of infinite variety is more than simply Republican or Democrat. An awareness of the influence of culture lies at the core of understanding the decisions of political leaders and voters alike.

In this capstone volume of The Plains Political Tradition series, editors Jon K. Lauck, John E. Miller, and Paula M. Nelson gather essays from historians and other scholars who identify major influences on the political culture of South Dakota. Against a backdrop of agricultural ups and downs, varied religious beliefs, worldwide conflict, and powerful personalities, the authors examine ingredients critical to the success and failure of civic movements, legislation, and political campaigns and careers.



Ryan Burdge

Michele Christian

Linda M. Clemmons

Daniel L. Daily

Lisa E. Duncan

Cory M. Haala

Kurt Hackemer

Jon K. Lauck

Art Marmorstein

John E. Miller

Paula M. Nelson

Matthew Pehl

Matthew Remmich

Kenneth L. Smith

Chelle Somsen

Emily O. Wanless

Jeff Wells

Eric Steven Zimmer


Praise for previous volumes of The Plains Political Tradition:

“An impressive body of advancing knowledge focused on the northern plains. . . . This work merits close reading.”—Thomas D. Isern, historian

“Reveals a state that embodies the dual legacies of liberal grassroots activism and political conservatism. . . . This collection of essays honors these political anachronisms and authoritatively meets its goal to ‘integrate and synthesize this field of study and locate it in the broader context of American history.’”—ForeWord Reviews

“All of the essays are thoroughly grounded on robust footnotes which bespeak the solid work done on South Dakota history and politics.”—Nebraska History


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