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Land Fever James M. Marshall

Land Fever

James M. Marshall

Published September 1st 1986
ISBN : 9780813115689
Hardcover
240 pages
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Beginning with the autobiography of Omar Morse (1824-1901), a pioneer who suffered the loss of three homesteads in mid-nineteenth century Wisconsin and Minnesota, James M. Marshall moves on to the historical record of thousands of similarlyMoreBeginning with the autobiography of Omar Morse (1824-1901), a pioneer who suffered the loss of three homesteads in mid-nineteenth century Wisconsin and Minnesota, James M. Marshall moves on to the historical record of thousands of similarly dispossessed pioneers. This dispossession became an important American literary theme, finding its way into the works of Mark Twain, Charles Dudley, Edward Eggleston, Joseph Kirkland, and others. Its impact can also be traced to the development of the Populist part in the 1880s and 1890s. Land Fever draws together the cultural and historical legacies of those displaced thousands, rectifying the myth of frontier America.