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Plains Political Tradition: Essays on South Dakota Political Culture
Jon Lauck (editor). John E. Miller (editor). Donald C. Simmons, Jr. (editor).
Print-version Price: $19.95

400 pages
6 x 9 inches
ISBN: 9780982274927

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Scholars begin to examine political culture in South Dakota

First impressions of the political landscape in South Dakota tend towards an assumption of hard-line conservatism, and yet such a conclusion barely scratches the surface of what constitutes political tradition in the Mount Rushmore State.

Editors Jon K. Lauck, John E. Miller, and Donald C. Simmons, Jr., have drawn together twelve essays on disparate topics in order to consider the state’s underlying political culture. Each essay addresses an aspect of history, politics, or art, subtly exposing the contradictory nature of South Dakotans and elucidating the many elements that comprise the larger political tradition.

Scholars from around the country consider topics such as war and peace, literature, environmentalism, the American Indian Movement, left-wing and liberal politics, immigration, and defeat. With each essay, the discussion builds upon itself, allowing the reader to develop a fuller sense of where South Dakota fits into the growing study of political culture in modern society.

"This collection of essays honors these political anachronisms and authoritatively meets its goal to, 'integrate and synthesize South Dakota history and locate it in the broader context of American history.'"—Foreword Reviews

Don Simmons discussed the origins of this book at the South Dakota Book Festival.

Click here to read a review of this book from Foreword Reviews

"The Plains Political Tradition is an excellent and much recommended addition to any politics collection looking to gain insight on local and state level politics from all across the United States."—The Midwest Book Review

Read a review of this book from the blog, Madville Times.

Click here to read a review of this book from Nebraska History magazine.

Read an article in the Mitchell Daily Republic about this book and William Janklow.

"This collection of essays uses history, politics, art, literature, and other influences to give depth to the political culture of the Mount Rushmore State."—Minnesota History

More from the Daily Republic on this book.

Read an article in the Sioux Falls Argus Leader about Progressives in South Dakota and The Plains Political Tradition.

Read a review of this book from South Dakota Magazine.

Ahrar Ahmad
Gretchen Heefner
Jason A. Heppler
John Husmann
Joel Johnson
Jon K. Lauck
Richard Lofthus
John E. Miller
Paula M. Nelson
William C. Pratt
Jon D. Schaff
Donald C. Simmons, Jr.
Catherine McNicol Stock
Frank Van Nuys
Donald A. Watt

Associated Files
  • Open Historical_Musings_The Contours_of_South_Dakota_Political_Culture.pdf Historical_Musings_The Contours_of_South_Dakota_Political_Culture.pdf - This is the article from which this book sprang.
  • Open SD_Mag_review.pdf SD_Mag_review.pdf
  • Open Nebraska History Book Reviews - Winter 2012-2.pdf Nebraska History Book Reviews - Winter 2012-2.pdf - Download a review of this book as published in the Winter 2012 issue of Nebraska History
  • Open JOW review.pdf JOW review.pdf - Download a review of this book published in the Winter 2012 issue of Journal of the West.