Light on the Prairie: Solomon D. Butcher, Photographer of Nebraska's Pioneer Days by Nancy PlainLight on the Prairie: Solomon D. Butcher, Photographer of Nebraska's Pioneer Days by Nancy Plain

Light on the Prairie: Solomon D. Butcher, Photographer of Nebraska's Pioneer Days

byNancy Plain

Paperback | September 1, 2012

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Once President Lincoln signed the Homestead Act of 1862, which granted 160 acres of free land to anyone with the grit to farm it for five years, the rush to the Great Plains was on. Solomon D. Butcher was there to document it, amassing more than three thousand photographs and compiling the most complete record of the sod house era ever made.

Butcher (1856–1927) staked his claim on the plains in 1880. He didn’t like farming, but he found another way to thrive. He had learned the art of photography as a teenager, and he began taking pictures of his friends and neighbors. Butcher noticed how fast the vast land was “settling up,” so he formed the plan that would become his life’s work—to record the frontier days in words and images.

Alongside sixty-two of Butcher’s iconic photographs, Light on the Prairie conveys the irrepressible spirit of a man whose passion would give us a firsthand look at the men and women who settled the Great Plains. Like his subjects, Butcher was a pioneer, even though he held a camera more often than a plow.

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Nancy Plain is the author of nine children’s books, including With One Sky Above Us: The Story of Chief Joseph and the Nez Perce Indians, winner of the 2010 Spur Award for Best Western Juvenile Nonfiction, and Sagebrush and Paintbrush: The Story of Charlie Russell, the Cowboy Artist, winner of the 2008 Spur Award for Best Western Juven...
Title:Light on the Prairie: Solomon D. Butcher, Photographer of Nebraska's Pioneer DaysFormat:PaperbackDimensions:128 pages, 9.02 × 7.02 × 6.31 inPublished:September 1, 2012Publisher:UNP - Bison OriginalLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0803235208

ISBN - 13:9780803235205

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Introduction: A Tenderfoot Goes West
A Note on Terminology
The "Great American Desert"
Solomon Butcher, Sodbuster
"Eureka!"
Attack of the Grasshoppers
Desperadoes
Years of Trial, Years of Change
Pioneer History of Custer County
Sweet Nebraska Land
Where to Find Solomon Butcher's Photographs
Notes
Bibliography

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"Plain has an enviable gift for storytelling."—M. Melissa Wolfe, Great Plains Quarterly
- M. Melissa Wolfe - Great Plains Quarterly