The Author

Barbara Handy-Marchello earned her M.A. in History from North Dakota State University (1988) and her Ph.D. at the University of Iowa (1996). She taught courses in the History of American Women and the American West at the University of North Dakota before her retirement in 2006. She is author of Women of the Northern Plains: Gender and Settlement on the Homestead Frontier 1870—1930 (Minnesota Historical Society Press, 2005) which was awarded the 2006 Caroline Bancroft History Prize from the Denver Public Library.