Gentlemen on the Prairie: Victorians in Pioneer Iowa

Gentlemen on the Prairie: Victorians in Pioneer Iowa

by Curtis Harnack
     
 

In the 1880s, the well-connected young Englishman William B. Close and his three brothers, having bought thousands of acres of northwest Iowa prairie, conceived the idea of enticing sons of Britain’s upper classes to pursue the life of the landed gentry on these fertile acres. “Yesterday a wilderness, today an empire”: their bizarre experiment

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In the 1880s, the well-connected young Englishman William B. Close and his three brothers, having bought thousands of acres of northwest Iowa prairie, conceived the idea of enticing sons of Britain’s upper classes to pursue the life of the landed gentry on these fertile acres. “Yesterday a wilderness, today an empire”: their bizarre experiment, which created a colony for people “of the better class” who were not in line to inherit land but whose fathers would set them up in farming, flourished in Le Mars, Iowa (and later in Pipestone, Minnesota), with over five hundred youths having a go at farming. In Gentlemen on the Prairie, Curtis Harnack tells the remarkable story of this quite unusual chapter in the settling of the Midwest.    

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781587299674
Publisher:
University of Iowa Press
Publication date:
05/15/2011
Series:
Bur Oak Book
Edition description:
1
Pages:
262
Sales rank:
1,450,431
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.90(d)

Table of Contents

Preface vii

Introduction 3

1 Athlete into Immigrant 9

2 The Prairie Lords 18

3 The Prospect before Them 30

4 Going Out to Iowa 40

5 Landed Gentry in the Making 57

6 Some Difficulties Surmounted 77

7 Gentlemanly Activities 84

8 The Faces of Success 95

9 The Colony Portrayed 105

10 How the Game Was Played 129

11 Colony Concepts, Personal Destinies 144

12 Two Colonials 156

13 Getting On with It 167

14 The State of the Colony 187

15 A Bit of a Struggle 201

16 Dramatic Endings 207

17 In the Fullness of Time 218

18 The Vanished Colony 232

Notes 239

Index 249

About the Author 254

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