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...

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Online Access:Electronic book from EBSCO
Main Author: Harnack, Curtis, 1927-2013.
Format: eBook
Language:English
Published:Iowa City : University of Iowa Press, 2011.
Series:Bur oak book.
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Summary: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 hu
Physical Description:1 online resource (viii, 254 pages)
Bibliography:Includes bibliographical references and index.
ISBN:9781587299681
1587299682
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