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Hamlin Garland

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Hamlin Garland, Wisconsin's Son of the Middle Border

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"Wisconsin Blue Book" 1958

"Badger Saints and Sinners" by Fred Holmes

"Pioneering on the Plains" by Edith McCall

"Hamlin Garland, a Biography" by Jean Halloway

"A Son of the Middle Border" by Hamlin Garland


Pulitzer Prize

Interesting Fact:

Garland was a friend of President Theodore Roosevelt.

Study Questions:

  • Besides "A Daughter of the Middle Border," what are some of the other books written by Garland?

  • Did Garland work at other jobs besides writing?

  • How old was Garland when he moved away from West Salem?

    U.S. historical events that occurred on September 16:

    1893: Hundreds of thousands of settlers swarm into Oklahoma.
    1974: President Gerald Ford announces the amnesty program of Vietnam war deserters and draft dodgers.

  • September 16

    September 16, 1860: Hamlin Garland, writer, was born at West Salem in La Crosse County. He moved with his parents shortly after the Civil War to Iowa and then to South Dakota. In 1884 Garland moved to Boston where he started writing. He returned to West Salem in 1893 to be in closer touch with the settings he wished to depict in his writings. His work, "A Daughter of the Middle Border," won a Pulitzer Prize in 1921.

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