Day 2 Laura Ingalls Wilder Conference 2017

And sadly yesterday was the last day of the South Dakota Historical Society’s annual conference. I’m so glad they tackled Laura Ingalls Wilder and I hope they return to the subject sometime. I’m going to be doing a further report linking to things later, but I wanted to go ahead and give you some of my top tweets. Find Day 1 here.

If you want to read all of the tweets for the conference search Twitter for #SDHeritage

I especially want to point out the Little House on the Prairie Twitter account since their phone has a much better camera than mine does.

Remember you don’t need to have a Twitter account to read tweets.

I’m not going to transfer all of the Tweets over, but here are some highlights.

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There was some discussion of Laura and the Suffragette Movement and how some people are disappointed Laura wasn’t an active part of the movement.

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Question comparing what Laura says in The First Four Years and “Whom Should I Marry?”

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And sadly at this point I had to leave. My mom recently had an operation and I had to get home Saturday night. Sadly I missed the Awards banquet and the final session which had all the speakers return for a session about Laura still being relevant. Follow the directions at the top to pick up the Tweet stream.

Sarah S. Uthoff is the main force behind Trundlebed Tales striving to bring the History, Mystery, Magic and Imagination of Laura Ingalls Wilder and other greats of children’s literature and history to life for a new generation. Uthoff is a nationally known Laura Ingalls Wilder authority and has presented at five of the Wilder homesites, many conferences and numerous libraries, museums, and events around the Midwest. Attend one of her programs, schedule one yourself, watch her videos, listen to her podcast, and find her onFacebookTwitterGoogle+ LinkedIn, and Academia.edu. Professionally she is a reference librarian at Kirkwood Community College and director of the Oxford (Iowa) Public Library.

Day 1 Laura Ingalls Wilder Conference 2017

Well after waiting for a full year day one of the South Dakota Historical Society’s Laura Ingalls Wilder conference is in the books and I have to say I really enjoyed it. If you want to read all of the tweets for the conference search Twitter for #SDHeritage

I especially want to point out the Little House on the Prairie Twitter account since their phone has a much better camera than mine does.

Remember you don’t need to have a Twitter account to read tweets.

I’m not going to transfer all of the Tweets over right now, but here are some highlights.

 

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Next two books in the Pioneer Girl “series” announced

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More details on buying the DVDs of conference coming soon

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Sarah S. Uthoff is the main force behind Trundlebed Tales striving to bring the History, Mystery, Magic and Imagination of Laura Ingalls Wilder and other greats of children’s literature and history to life for a new generation. Uthoff is a nationally known Laura Ingalls Wilder authority and has presented at five of the Wilder homesites, many conferences and numerous libraries, museums, and events around the Midwest. Attend one of her programs, schedule one yourself, watch her videos, listen to her podcast, and find her onFacebookTwitterGoogle+ LinkedIn, and Academia.edu. Professionally she is a reference librarian at Kirkwood Community College and director of the Oxford (Iowa) Public Library.

 

Troub Boylston

Sue Barton Book 1 Cover
Sue Barton Book 1 Cover

I stumbled upon a series of posts on a site call authorsreallives. It offers a 3 part series on the life of Troub (Helen Dore) Boylston.

Who Was Troub Boylston?

Boylston is best known to Laura Ingalls Wilder fans as a friend of Rose Wilder Lane. Lane had met Boylston in Europe and later moved her into Rocky Ridge.

Troub, as she was known to Wilder family, lived at Rocky Ridge for quite a while being one of the young writers that Rose helped mentor and seemed an appreciative protege during her time there. It was at Troub’s suggestion that Rose and Laura and Almanzo invested in the George Q. Palmer investment house that initially brought in great returns in the bubble that built up to the Black Friday market crash, but spectacularly failed in the aftermath causing the entire Wilder family to lose their collective shirts including quite a chunk of Laura and Almanzo’s retirement fund. After the dividends from these investments quit rolling in, Troub abandoned her place at Rocky Ridge trusting in what Rose referred to sourly as her luck to quickly land her a job in the east.

She later worked on and wrote both the Sue Barton nurse series and the Carol Page series about an actress with substantial help from other people.

Find the Series

Recently a 3 part article on her life was published on authorsreallives. Unfortunately, its links heavily refer to Wikipedia in the beginning of Part 3 (which I read first and double checked the most)and photos are used without source or attribution clicking on them leading to only to a version that was uploaded on the site. These are serious scholarly mis-steps belied by the scholarly tone of the article and the obvious wealth of research done from the other cited sources, from both online and print sources. The author even uses a comment from one of my blog posts which must have taken some serious digging. So please check it out and let me know what you think.

Part 1

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UPDATE November 2, 2015: I moved this up from the comments to make sure everyone can see it.

Thanks Sarah, I guess, for this mention of my work on Helen Dore Boylston’s life. It seems, however, that you don’t know that pictures/photographs published prior to 1923 are in the public domain, and thus no attribution is required.
Similarly, there is a big difference between linking and citing, and while citing Wikipedia would be problematic, there is no issue linking possibly unfamiliar names of places/people/organizations to relevant Wikipedia articles so that people can get easily get basic information about them if they choose. I call it being kind to readers of an internet blog…..

My Response:

Yes, images taken before 1924 are in the public domain, however that assumes you can make a scan or digital photograph of the original or a copy printed before 1924 either yourself or by someone who is allowed to make a copy. Digital copies are created works and the licenses are owned by the holding institution. The fees from use of such copies used to be a substantial income for museums, archives, and depositories. By using such images without getting proper positions and fees is in violation of copyright and licenses. Try to get them published at a mainstream publisher and you’ll see what I mean.

Linking to Wikipedia is associating your blog with a very questionable resource and serious researchers will respond accordingly.

Sarah S. Uthoff is the main force behind Trundlebed Tales striving to bring the History, Mystery, Magic and Imagination of Laura Ingalls Wilder and other greats of children’s literature and history to life for a new generation. Uthoff is a nationally known Laura Ingalls Wilder authority and has presented at five of the Wilder homesites, many conferences and numerous libraries, museums, and events around the Midwest. Attend one of her programs, schedule one yourself, watch her videos, listen to her podcast, and find her on FacebookTwitterGoogle+, LinkedIn, and Academia.edu. Professionally she is a reference librarian at Kirkwood Community College and director of the Oxford (Iowa) Public Library.

Missouri State and Laura Ingalls Wilder and the MOOC

I signed up for the Laura Ingalls Wilder MOOC (Massive Online Open Class) that Missouri State offered Fall 2014 with Pamela Smith Hill, but I must hang my head and admit I didn’t actually participate. I was too busy and feeling slightly regretful about it when I happened upon this YouTube Channel and there, for all the world to see, were the video postings from the  class, open and free for all without any of the fuss of the class. So I went through and watched them, put them in order, and added brief notes to let you know the main points of each one. I hope you’ll enjoy them.

I’ve also added on a short section from the other MOOC Missouri State rolled out this year on Ozark History. They had a famous Ozarkian of the lecture segment and this is the one about Laura. I hope his information in the others was more accurate.

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An introduction to some Ozark History class.

Promo for the class

All That I Have Told is the Truth

I think this one was an experimental post because it’s replicated below. I’m not sure if they thought there was something wrong with this version or if they wanted to standardize the upload titles or if they wanted to draw attention to this one for some reason.

Week 1 Episode 1 –

Laura Ingalls Wilder and Her Literary Legacy

How Smith Hill discovered Laura’s books, 1965 Hill first Rocky Ridge visit, 5:08 Betty Love photo journalist who took smiling photo with books, 10:25 Publishing Process

Week 1 Episode 2

All That I Have Told is True

Slight revision of “All That I Have Told” is the Truth above

Week 2 Episode 3

Mythic Beginnings: Tracking the Movement of the Real Ingalls Family

Laura’s earliest memories and how they changed for the early books

Week 2  Episode 4

Plum Creek and the Missing Years

Family moves through Minnesota, what do we know about their moving, Rothville, Missouri, but doesn’t name town, Focusing on 1876-1878, Experiences in Burr Oak mostly from Pioneer Girl

Week 2 Episode 5 Part 1

Where the West Begins (Part One)

Family moves into South Dakota, Argues that South Dakota was setting for strongest books – older when there – won Newbery Honor Books

Week 2, Episode 5 Part 2

Where the West Begins (Part Two)

Laura describing things for Mary influenced writing, First essay

Week 3 Episode 6

Missouri Sky (Part One)

Analysis of Laura’s diary On the Way Home, Images of museum interior and farm outside Rocky Ridge farmhouse

Week 3 Episode 7

Missouri Sky (Part Two)

Moving into Mansfield and adding to Rocky Ridge Farm, Using every opportunity, Laura’s chickens lead her into writing, Rose unhappy in childhood, Laura and women’s clubs, Farm Loan Association, Rocky Ridge farmhouse built from materials on the farm, Laura’s farm writing

Week 3 Episode 8 Part 1

Rose Wilder Lane: A Longing for Far-Away and Unimagined Places (Part One)

Rose’s opinion as expressed in Long Skirts, Old Home Town, Danger of reading autobiographical details from writer’s fictional work, Rose as restless spirit, Rose named after Wild Rose, Rose’s Spring Valley Photo, Almanzo’s illness, Moving to Florida, Rose’s various early professional jobs, Rose’s marriage to Claire Gillette Lane

Week 3 Episode 8 Part 2

Rose Wilder Lane: A Longing for Far-Away and Unimagined Places (Part Two)

Was Rose a reliable narrator? Lane’s vision of “biography” of Jack London was highly fictionalized, Lane’s fictionalization of her own life in Diverging Roads, How accurate Rose presented her own life even in diaries and letters and the emotional reflection of writer

Week 3 Episode 9

Rose Wilder Lane: A Longing for Far-Away and Unimagined Places (Part Three)

Rose’s history after high school, Her history in Europe, Hints at possible romantic connect with Troub, Writing Discovery of Freedom and connection to the Libertarian Party

Week 3 Episode 10 Part 1

A Shared Profession: Mother/Daughter Journalists (Part One)

Rose and Laura began writing professionally at the same time, Rose’s and Laura’s early professional writing jobs, History of choosing a professional name by Laura and other women writers, Newspaper style editing

Week 3 Episode 10 Part 2

A Shared Profession: Mother/Daughter Journalists (Part Two)

Laura’s trip to San Francisco, Comparison of Rose’s and Laura’s work fictionalizing biography, Specific instances of Rose making up newspaper stories, Lane condescending and blunt in her advice to Laura giving advice still useful to writers today

Week 3 Episode 11

Interview with Jean Coday, Director of the Laura Ingalls Wilder Home and Museum, Mansfield, MO

Interview with Joan Coday, Coday’s first visit, Rocky Ridge’s welcoming spirit, Coday’s take on Laura’s personality, Coday’s impressions of Laura as someone who lived up in Mansfield, Coday getting involved with the Laura Ingalls Wilder/Rose Wilder Lane Home Association, Plan for developing site, Chicken coop restoration

Week 4 Episode 12 Part 1

Pioneer Girl (Part One)

Reporter went to interview Rose and described their house, Rose as famous writer, Laura’s early stabs towards writing, How her reaction to Pa and Ma’s death supported her writing

Week 4 Episode 12 Part 2

Pioneer Girl (Part Two)

Mary’s death, Rose working on manuscript, Bad magazine year, Rose’s likely opinion, Targeted to adults in magazines, Process of sent out to Carl Brandt, Rose and Laura waiting for word on manuscript, Laura’s dental problems

Week 4 Episode 13

Pioneer Girl (Part Three)

Brandt returned manuscript and suggested they drop it, Rose’s continued work on it and the process with Laura and Rose, Differences of the three versions, Bender story and how it couldn’t be true, Rose’s marketing strategy

Week 4 Episode 14

Pioneer Girl (Part Four)

Bye version cut younger stories and Rose realized potential for possible children’s book. Why Pioneer Girl never published, Time in Burr Oak, Mary’s illness (2/3rds way through), Importance of Pioneer Girl

Week 4 Episode 15 Part 1

Autobiography and Memoir (Part One)

Difference between autobiography and memoir, Argument of whether Pioneer Girl is autobiography, memoir, and fiction

Week 4 Episode 15 Part 2

Autobiography and Memoir (Part Two)

Laura turned to fiction, Standards and ethics of non-fiction versus fiction, Publishing scandals – Lillian Hellman Pimiento not only had she made up fictional details but took on someone else’s life, “Every word she writes is a lie, including AND and THE.”, James Frey A Million Little Pieces, Margaret Seltzer Love and Consequences: Memoir of Home and Survival, the slippery boundary between fiction, nonfiction, and memoir

Week 5 Episode 16

‘Little House in the Big Woods’: From Autobiography to Fiction (Part One)

Laura, Manly, and Rose close communication, Rose’s changed opinion about children’s literature, Argument between Laura & Rose over how they would celebrate their wedding anniversary. Berta and Elmer Hader and their involvement. Juvenile version of Pioneer GirlWhen Grandma was a Little Girl

Week 5 Episode 17  Part 1

‘Little House in the Big Woods’: From Autobiography to Fiction (Part Two)

Juvenile version of Pioneer GirlWhen Grandma was a Little Girl, Rose identifies material as Laura’s and her role as editing, Transforming voice of novel from older Grandma to child Laura, While Rose offered to do revision of point of view, Laura refused and did the work herself. Business of publication, Role of editors in publishing industry, Rose’s time in Vietnam, Rose’s death

Week 5 Episode 17 Part 2

‘Little House in the Big Woods’: From Autobiography to Fiction (Part Three)

Rose’s experience as a newspaper editor, different from normal book editor process was more aggressive, “Rarely is the writing process one of divine dictation”, Discussion of coming up with title, The three book contract at Knopf, original Little House in the Big Woods Harper only for 1 book, Fiery extraordinarily took up the book to make sure it published

Week 5 Episode 18

‘Little House in the Big Woods’: Literary Themes and Discussion (Part One)

Changing from youth version of Pioneer Girl to Little House in the Big Woods, 60 years ago line, Expectation of shelf life of the books, Large cast of characters and lack of focus on Laura

Week 5 Episode 19

‘Little House in the Big Woods’: Literary Themes and Discussion (Part Two)

The cyclical structure of Little House in the Big Woods, Appeal to readers older than characters – unusual in children’s literature

Week 5 Episode 20

Let the Hurricane Roar

[Sound is muted on this one, adjust your volume accordingly.] – Rose taking on family stories for her writing, Rose turning to novels Courage! aka Let the Hurricane Roar which features characters Charles and Caroline Ingalls, Harpers rejected Farmer Boy and Saturday Evening Post accepted LHR, Laura felt betrayed by Rose appropriating material that Laura was herself using, Laura’s likely take on Rose’s perception that she Rose was being petty and jealous about Laura using her stories, Hill’s commentary of how close Rose’s borrowing comes to plagiarism, LHR is now known as Young Pioneers

Week 6 Episode 21 Part 1

‘Farmer Boy’: A Literary Overview (Part One)

Picking up with Farmer Boy, Rose visited Malone and sent back descriptions (for some reason illustrated by a photo of the Wilder home in Spring Valley MN), Rejection of Farmer Boy as part of publishing industry practice, Royalty rate, Farmer Boy and Little House in the Big Woods as companion books

Week 6 Episode 21 Part 2

‘Farmer Boy’: A Literary Overview (Part Two)

Process of recreating life of Wilder family that she never experienced, Focus on main character is the key difference between LHBW and FB, Theme of LHBW is that perpetual cycle while FB focuses on changing the character, Excitement of Little House on the Prairie novel

Week 6 Episode 22

Perspectives on Children’s Literature: Middle Grade Fiction (Part One)

Considered middle grade novel focused between ages 8-12, Various definitions, Lack of Newbery wins, Definitions of classifications of children books as a whole, What is considered too graphic for kids, Basic outlines of children’s literature

Week 6 Episode 23 Part 1

Perspectives on Children’s Literature: Middle Grade Fiction (Part Two)

Ingalls family books, Flowerett, Pa’s Big Green Animal Book, Millbank by Mary J. Holmes, Brief run down of children’s literature

Week 6 Episode 23  Part 2

Perspectives on Children’s Literature: Middle Grade Fiction (Part Three)

Comparison of Laura to other historical heroines, Capable girl books, Importance of illustrations, Helen Sewell, Garth Williams illustration process, Comparison of illustrations, says didn’t illustrate same scenes much [ed. note: I’ve found many of the same scenes illustrated in my work comparing the two], Illustration for middle grade chapter books dropped off in 1980s, returned with Harry Potter and graphic novels

Week 7 Episode 24 Part 1

‘Little House on the Prairie’: Literary Overview (Part One)

Laura’s drafts on reused paper, how revised, Opening lines of classic children’s literature, Close examination of Little House on the Prairie opening

Week 7 Episode 24 Part 2

‘Little House on the Prairie’: Literary Overview (Part Two)

Manipulating chronology from real life to literature, themes driving plots, Importance of neighbors in theme, Dangers of pioneer life, Laura moving to become central character and establishing the real life Laura’s voice

Week 7 Episode 25

‘Little House on the Prairie’: Historical Perspectives (Part One)

Context of Kansas settlement within Civil War, Did the Ingalls family actually live in Missouri, Osage land settlement, Photos of the Osage and their connection, Comparison of events in books and real life

Week 7 Episode 26 Part 1

‘Little House on the Prairie’: Historical Perspectives (Part Two)

Laura attempts to find Little House on the Prairie Museum site, Laura’s attempts to locate Osage chief, Briefly what is known about Dr. Tann [ed. note – see publication available through the Laura Ingalls Wilder Museum in Walnut Grove for more] and Mr. Edwards, Is there any historical proof of the end of  books them being pushed off claim, Rules of Osage land settlement

Week 7 Episode 26 Part 2

‘Little House on the Prairie’: Historical Perspectives (Part Three)

Problems with Native American depiction, Garth Williams different take than Helen Sewell, Crisis of wording, Rise of objections to the books for their depiction, Native American perceptions

Week 8 Episode 27

‘On the Banks of Plum Creek’: Literary Overview (Part One)

On the Banks of Plum Creek, Foreshadowing, Overconfidence, Grasshoppers, Points out how this book strengthens Caroline Ingalls allowing her to go out on the prairie and to gently criticize Pa

Week 8 Episode 28 Part 1

‘On the Banks of Plum Creek’: Literary Overview (Part Two)

Books as literary realism

Week 8 Episode 28 Part 2

Nature is unstoppable force, Love its beauty, fear its strength, Financial security

Week 8 Episode 29 Part 1

‘On the Banks of Plum Creek’: Historical and Critical Perspectives (Part One)

Rose’s abandoned novel series, Rose’s move to Columbia and the Tiger Hotel, Rose encouraged to add more details, detailed description of girlhood dresses, Laura and Rose’s editorial decisions about  On the Banks of Plum Creek

Week 8 Episode 29 Part 2

‘On the Banks of Plum Creek’: Historical and Critical Perspectives (Part Two)

Grasshoppers, sod houses, Nellie Owens – 3 girls in one

Sarah S. Uthoff is the main force behind Trundlebed Tales fighting to bring the History, Mystery, Magic and Imagination of Laura Ingalls Wilder and other greats of children’s literature and history to life for a new generation.Attend one of her programs, schedule one yourself, watch her videos, listen to her podcast, and find her on FacebookTwitterGoogle+,LinkedIn, and Academia.edu. She is currently acting President of the Laura Ingalls Wilder Legacy and Research Association. Professionally she is a reference librarian at Kirkwood Community College and director of the Oxford (Iowa) Public Library.

Tonie Nelson 1st Woman To Get Electoral Vote

Regular readers will have seen that one of the things I like to do on this blog is when I find an interesting story about a woman in history I write it up and share it. Too many women’s stories have been lost. I had heard long ago about Roger Lea MacBride’s party swapping electoral vote and how he rode it to his own Presidential bid in the next election (and credit where it’s due according to the book cited below he took the party from being listed on ballets in two states to being listed in 32). However, I never really thought to ask who specifically did he vote for? But while doing some research for this post I discovered it was Tonie and set out to learn more.

Theodora “Tonie” Nelson passed away in March 2014. Nelson was a reporter who showed up to cover the Libertarian convention and ended up their Vice-Presidential Candidate in 1972. Laura’s daughter, Rose Wilder Lane, is considered one of the three mothers of the Libertarian Party. It was because of her influence that when Roger Lea MacBride was named a Republican elector from Virginia, he took advantage of the loophole that electors are NOT actually bound to vote for the party that sent them to cast an electoral vote for the Libertarians. It was their first and to this point the only electoral vote they received. The ticket was philosopher John Hospers and reporter Tonie Nelson and that meant that it was also the first electoral college vote for an openly gay candidate, for a Jewish candidate and a female candidate (the last two due to Nelson). These landmarks are mostly overlooked and most people would name Geraldine Ferraro as the first woman to receive a vote, but she ran over 10 years later in 1984. Nelson continue to run for political offices through the 1990s and served in a variety of party offices. She remained active in the party until her death.

Author of Libertarian Reference Guide
http://reason.com/blog/2014/03/20/tonie-nathan-rip-the-first-woman-to-rece

KVAL Honors Former Employee, Lots More personal details than others
http://www.kval.com/politics/Tonie-Nathan-Eugene-Libertarian-Kulongoski-Packwood-DeFazio-KVAL-251318691.html

Cato Institute
http://www.cato.org/blog/rip-tonie-nathan-first-woman-receive-electoral-vote

Read more about Nathan’s husband, musician and composer Charles Nelson:
http://www.allaboutjazz.com/ill-think-of-something-greg-nathan-self-produced-review-by-c-michael-bailey.php

Doherty, Brian. Radicals for Capitalism: A Freewheeling History of the Modern American Libertarian Movement. New York: Public Affairs, 2007. Print. ISBN 9781586483500 Find a much fuller treatment of MacBride’s rogue vote from 392 to 394 and follow his further involvement with the Libertarian Party on following pages.

Sarah S. Uthoff is the main force behind Trundlebed Tales fighting to bring the History, Mystery, Magic and Imagination of Laura Ingalls Wilder and other greats of children’s literature and history to life for a new generation.Attend one of her programs, schedule one yourself, watch her videos, listen to her podcast, and find her on FacebookTwitterGoogle+,LinkedIn, and Academia.edu. She is currently acting President of the Laura Ingalls Wilder Legacy and Research Association. Professionally she is a reference librarian at Kirkwood Community College and director of the Oxford (Iowa) Public Library.

Danbury CT Update

Rose's House in Danbury from Road
Rose’s House in Danbury from Road

As many of you know Laura’s daughter Rose Wilder Lane lived for a good chunk of years on what was originally a small farm outside Danbury, Connecticut. The neighborhood grew up around her, complete with a church that would later host one of her memorial services. Today it’s in a nice neighborhood full of older large homes and inconvenient driveways. While the location of the home has long been known, and photos of it graced articles Rose wrote about remodeling your home, its current owner has not been consistently open to Wilder visitors, peppering a few offered tours with often refusing to respond even to tell you, you weren’t welcome. That may change. The home is now being offered for sale. There is sometimes talk of turning it into a museum, but I don’t think there would be a long term local interest and the furnishings that would have made that easy to do have been scattered amongst the existing museums. My long cherished hope would be that it would be purchased by someone looking to do a bed and breakfast. Not only would it be in a great location for that, I’m sure many Wilder fans would be chomping to spend the night. I hope someone like that buys it.

The Cottonwood Tree blog dug up the realtor offering the home for sale and go permission to post photos on her blog of the house. It’s remarkable how much it still looks like Rose’s house, down to the brick floor she insisted on in the kitchen. I’d love to know if they still have the hang from the wall toilet and if they ever fixed the door into one room off the staircase that had a bad case of look out for that first step it’s a lo0-loo, but I’m grateful to get a peek inside Rose’s home.

Check it out on The Cottonwood Tree:
http://thecottonwoodtree.wordpress.com/2014/08/15/a-virtual-tour-of-rose-wilder-lanes-former-danbury-home/

Sandra Hume posted this link with more on Beyond Little House’s Facebook page:
http://m.newstimes.com/business/article/House-once-owned-by-daughter-of-Laura-Ingalls-5722508.php?cmpid=fb-mobile

Sarah S. Uthoff is the main force behind Trundlebed Tales fighting to bring the History, Mystery, Magic and Imagination of Laura Ingalls Wilder and other greats of children’s literature and history to life for a new generation.Attend one of her programs, schedule one yourself, watch her videos, listen to her podcast, and find her on FacebookTwitterGoogle+,  LinkedIn, and Academia.edu. She is currently acting President of the Laura Ingalls Wilder Legacy and Research Association. Professionally she is a reference librarian at Kirkwood Community College and director of the Oxford (Iowa) Public Library.

Rose Wilder Lane and Roger Lea MacBride a Libertarian View

Although this video was posted back in 2011 and originally recorded in 2010, I just stumbled over it recently during a search for something else. It’s a podcast recording that has had a handful of images  included as a very slow slideshow to make it into a video. The podcast is presented by the Ludwig von Mises Institute as part of a series called “The Libertarian Tradition,” a weekly podcast with Jeff Riggenbach. http://mises.org Riggenbach, who presents the entire program, gives his viewpoint of Rose Wilder Lane and Roger Lea MacBride as seen through the eyes of a Libertarian.

Rose Wilder Lane Books
Rose Wilder Lane Books

 

Do Libertarians Today Know Rose and Roger?

I’ve very glad to find this podcast because it answers a question I’ve long had and been unable to get an answer for, how do the Libertarians view Rose and Roger today? Laura fans first see Rose from her connection to Laura Ingalls Wilder or as a writer. Since the Libertarian movement is such an important part of Rose’s later life (she abandons writing fiction and travel stories to focus on political writing, fundraising, and action) and as many fans don’t know much else about the party beforehand, naturally we see her impact on the Libertarian Party as a large one. I’m glad I finally can hear the viewpoint from the other side, people who learn about Rose from her  Libertarian work first. Apparently people recruited to the cause in the 1970s and before see her and Roger as people who made important contributions to the party. I second Riggenbach’s question though, how do the younger members of the party see them or do they even know Rose and Roger at all?

Important Points

I want to spell out a couple of points that if I had heard before this podcast, they didn’t stick. When MacBride voted for the first (and only) Electoral College vote for the Libertarian Party, he was also casting the first Electoral College vote to go to a woman and to a Jewish candidate. I would have thought it was an important point, but it’s one I have not heard before. Her name was Tonie Nathan and she was running for Vice-President on the ticket under John Hospers. Now it’s been pointed out to me, I’m going to see what more I can find on her. Hopefully it will be enough for another post.

Another new to me fact was that later in life MacBride abandoned the Libertarian Party to return to the Republican Party within which he founded a Libertarian caucus called the Republican Liberty Caucus. This caucus is still active. Find them here: http://www.rlc.org This departure might have caused him to be less well known within the Libertarian Party.

Finally I want to transcribe a quote Riggenbach shared from Lane  about why all efficient, central control must take away freedom. I want to emphasize it because I just love the idea of going into the future like an explorer. Find a greatly expanded version of the quote at about 18:00 in the video. “It is the nature of man to do the same thing in different ways. To waste time and energy in altering the shapes of things, to experiment, invent, make mistakes, depart from the past in an infinite variety of directions. Plants and animals repeat routine. But men who are not restrained will go into the future like explorers into a new country and exploration is always wasteful. Great numbers of explorers accomplish nothing and many are lost.”

I’ll forgive Riggenbach’s “Ostensibly written” remark because I’m betting he’s just taking Ghost in the Little House as gospel without looking any further in it.

More Resources

Be sure to click on the About or the Show More link under the video because there is a long list of connections and links to other related sources, but I wanted to call out a few of my own. I’ve linked the titles to Amazon links, if you would rather have me link to WorldCat next time I can, drop me a comment. You can also find the titles other places, especially the Rose book which you can order through many of the Laura Museum giftshops, but the Amazon page gives enough information that you can find it another way if you prefer.

Riggenbach heavily credits Radicals for Capitalism: A Freewheeling History of the Modern American Libertarian Movement by Brian Doherty for his history.

He lists these four early Libertarian titles as the start of the movement:

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