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Unit 4: Building a New State, 1878 - 1914

In 1889, at the end of the Great Boom in population, North Dakota became a state. Two railroads brought people here and took their products to distant markets. The Homestead Act and other land laws encouraged agricultural settlement. Pioneers from more than a dozen nations implanted their cultural traditions which shaped their communities and helped to create the social order of the new state.

Document Sets:

Document Set 1: Women Suffrage at Statehood

Document Set 2: Pioneer Farms

Document Set 3: Ranching

Document Set 4: Fort Berthold Indian Fair, 1911

Document Set 5: The Private Lives of Teenagers


Colton's Map of Dakota (1885)

Map of Indian Reservations in U.S. (1885)

Statehood Map (1889)

Railroad and County Map of Dakota (1884)

Railroad Commissioner's Map (1913)

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