New Book on South Dakota’s Political Beginnings

I had the opportunity last night to be at Jon Lauck’s book signing for Prairie Republic, his new work on the early days of Dakota Territory and its politics. I’ll have a full review up within a week or so, but I would like to say that the preview was interesting and enlightening. We were about 30 or so folks who met in the cozy area on the west end of Zandbroz Variety store in downtown Sioux Falls.

In response to my question about what Jon had found in his research which was most surprising, he replied that it was probably that “God’s Country” had been seriously considered as a name for the Dakotas. And all this time, I was thinking I was the only one who considered it such . . . .

Joking aside, I’m looking forward to reading the book.

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