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Solomon D. Butcher By John E. Carter

Solomon D. Butcher by John E. Carter

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For millions of Americans, Solomon D. Butcher's photographs epitomize the sod-house frontier. This first book devoted to Butcher and his photos presents a unique visual chronicle of that epoch, firmly establishing Butcher's place in frontier photography.

Solomon D. Butcher Summary

Solomon D. Butcher: Photographing the American Dream by John E. Carter

For millions of Americans, Solomon D. Butcher's photographs epitomize the sod-house frontier. His late-nineteenth-century images from western Nebraska constitute the most extensive photographic record in existence of the generation that settled the Great Plains. The faces are unforgettable: jaunty bachelors and earnest husbands, Civil War veterans of both armies, spinster sodbusters and determined mothers, cowhands, farmhands, and former slaves-all in search of land of their own. Originally published in 1985, this first book devoted to Butcher and his photographs presents a unique visual chronicle of Great Plains settlement and established Butcher's place in frontier photography. Everyone interested in the plains pioneers or historical American photography will prize this splendid book.

Solomon D. Butcher Reviews

Butcher's work reveals the stark and self-contained life of these people, and his sense of order and clarity transforms these pictures from mere records into icons of the American spirit. A splendid book.-Choice * Choice *
The high quality of the reproductions from antique glass negatives helps make this a superb portrait of a bygone time.-Publishers Weekly * Publishers Weekly *
There's an often evocative, poignant sense of life in these photographs of Nebraskans staring out of the late 19th century into a future they were helping shape with their courage and determination.-People * People *
Matchless historical documents of the most delightful kind.-Booklist * Booklist *

About John E. Carter

John E. Carter (1950-2015) was a senior research historian at the Nebraska State Historical Society and is the coauthor, with Richard E. Jensen and R. Eli Paul, of Eyewitness at Wounded Knee (Nebraska, 1991).

Table of Contents

Preface Introduction Photographs Afterword

Additional information

NPB9780803260382
9780803260382
0803260385
Solomon D. Butcher: Photographing the American Dream by John E. Carter
New
Paperback
University of Nebraska Press
20160401
152
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