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The Second Dakota Boom-considering women homesteaders

On Friday, we continued our discussion of the Second Dakota Boom. We also handed out our study guide for our exam, which is Monday, and talked a bit about it. The focus of the lecture dealt with speculation and women as homesteaders. Dr. Porter illustrated this on the board, showing that women had a greater tendency to be speculative and to build their homes near others, including other women. Many were young and single for various reasons, and often engaged in emerging career fields for them, including teaching, secretarial work, and others. After discussing the women claiming land in North Dakota, we briefly discussed Jewish communities of homesteaders and other Jewish groups in the state. Due to several factors, North Dakota has always had few Jews residing here, but their story, though minor, is important. No update will come on Monday regarding North Dakota History, as we will be having our exam, but I will post soon.

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