One Inch Wonders #18: Bad Land: An American Romance

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August 4, 2011 by markstani

Part personal travelogue and part painstakingly reconstructed history of the mass emigration of mostly northern Europeans to the Great Plains in the 1920s and 1930s, Raban’s book is an engaging and rewarding read for anyone with even a passing interest in the old West.

A little further on, past another pocket cemetery, stood a schoolhouse on a hill. Hay-bales were stacked in what had been the yard, between the trestle-frame of the swings and the basketball hoop on its pole. Some flakes of whitewash still adhered to the bare grain of the wood on the schoolhouse wall. I stepped inside.

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