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A New South Dakota History, Second EditionA New South Dakota History, 2nd Edition

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A New South Dakota History, published by CWS, received the American Association for State and Local History's 2006 Award of Merit. The book is edited by Dr. Harry F. Thompson and written by 16 historians from across the state.

Publication of the second edition was made possible by grants from the Robert and Rita Elmen Foundation and the James and Eloise Elmen Foundation in memory of James W. Elmen (1932-2006).

Study Guide to Accompany A New South Dakota History (pdf)

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A New South Dakota History

Reviewers’ Comments

Recipient of the 2006 Leadership in History Award from the American Association for State and Local History, “the most prestigious recognition for achievement in the preservation and interpretation of state and local history.”

“a gift to South Dakota”— South Dakota Magazine (2005)

“Almost no topic is neglected…an excellent resource made especially accessible by the topical chapters.  Summing Up: Highly recommended.  All libraries, especially those on the Great Plains, and for researchers at all levels.”— American Library Association’s Choice (2005)

“simply amazing…the amount and quality of information is indeed impressive…tells the story of South Dakota from a variety of perspectives in a manner that is at once both engaging and compelling…belongs in all South Dakota libraries.”— South Dakota Library Association’s Book Marks (2005)

“detailed, readable, and brings the South Dakota story in its many facets completely up to date, a great service to the public and to scholars working in the field of Great Plains, agricultural, or Native American history.”— Great Plains Quarterly (2007)


“Spirits and the South Dakota Land,” by Lakota author Vine Deloria, Jr.
“Small Towns: Image and Reality,” by South Dakota historian John E. Miller
“Women Writers,” by South Dakota literary scholar Ruth Ann Alexander
“Tiyospaye: A Traditional Sioux Family Today,” by Lakota author and National Humanities Medalist Virginia Driving Hawk Sneve

And over 100 photographs, extensive notes, and recommended readings.


Physical Environment, Edward Hogan
Native Peoples, Herbert Hoover
Exploration and the Fur Trade, Rex Myers
Missouri Valley Culture, Herbert Hoover
Native Americans in Dakota Territory, Herbert Hoover
Territorial Politics and Politicians, Herbert Hoover
Yankee and European Settlement, Gary Olson
African Americans, Betti VannEpps-Taylor
Cities and Towns, Gary Olson
Politics Since Statehood, John Miller
Farming: Dependency and Depopulation, Lynwood Oyos
Ranching: East to West, Bob Lee
Black Hills in Transition, David Wolff
Catholic Missions, Churches, and Schools, Carol Hoover
Protestant Faith and Learning, Lynwood Oyos
Literature, Arthur Huseboe
Visual Arts, Ron Robinson
Performing Arts, Arthur Huseboe
Health Care, Herbert Hoover
Communications, Ron Robinson
Transportation and Tourism, Rex Myers
Modern Tribes, Herbert Hoover
South Dakota in the Twenty-first Century, Michael Mullin