Minnesota Historical Society

From the Hidewood: Memories of a Dakota Neighborhood

$ 17.95

In twenty-one interwoven stories, author Robert Amerson re-creates life on his family's 160-acre farm in the remote Hidewood Hills of eastern South Dakota from 1934 to 1942. In exquisite detail, he portrays a particular moment in time with a power that could help many readers better understand their own pasts.


  • By: Robert Amerson
  • Format: 362 pages, 5 1/4 x 8
  • Publisher: MNHS Press
  • Product ##: 0973513347

    ROBERT AMERSON is also the author of How Democracy Triumphed Over Dictatorship: Public Diplomacy in Venezuela.


    Praise for From the Hidewood:

    "From the beginning, From the Hidewood treks across the territory of a new genre, an assemblage of reflections that rely on research and personal memory. In re-creating detail and dialogue for actual events and people, Robert Amerson braids the strands of fact and imagination. From the Hidewood is energetic, creative nonfiction, giving voice to the various points of view we know history to be. Amerson makes this personal account an exciting re-entry into history--the history of the story of the human heart."--Diane Glancy, author of Claiming Breath 

    "The author's keen memories dwell on such aspects of farm life as fencing, horse farming, women's work, and water witching. The descriptions and attention to detail are masterful and provide insights into farm and community life not easily found elsewhere. Older people who lived through similar experiences will find this book an emotional and meaningful journey back to their youth. Younger readers will gain familiarity with an aspect of history they can hardly imagine in this urban age. This is truly a wonderful book that will not only create a blissful nostalgia in many readers, but will also contribute to the understanding of our national character as it emerged fromits agricultural roots."--Gilbert C. Fite, author of American Farmers: TheNew Minority

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