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Honyocker Dreams: Montana Memories by David Mogen PDF

By David Mogen

Whether they have been really Hungarian or Bohemian, “Hunkies” or “Bohunks,” or maybe from japanese Europe in any respect, to the previous ranchers of the nice Plains, the farmers and settlers who moved in and fenced off the open land have been no-account “Honyockers.” And to Honyockers like David Mogen’s humans, who outfitted lives within the face of serious trouble and prejudice, the identify got here to undergo all of the which means and gear in their hard-won domestic position. it's this feeling of position, of tenacious if uneasy belonging, that David Mogen lines via his kin heritage in Honyocker Dreams.
 
Beginning together with his father’s recollections as he surveys the Montana panorama, Mogen weaves a story of reminiscence and historical past, of the goals and disappointments of working-class farmers, cowboys, and miners between his ancestors, and of the post-frontier global of Indian reservations and farming cities that suffer at the Montana “Hi-Line,” the flat expanse of huge Sky kingdom that lies challenging opposed to the Canadian border east of the Rockies. From the frontier international of his mom and dad and pioneer ancestors to the boom-and-bust stories approximately growing to be up within the small-town international of his personal Montana adolescence within the Nineteen Fifties, Mogen travels complete circle to contemporary trips that display the paradoxical burdens and strengths of his father’s cowboy legacy in addition to the hidden soreness and therapeutic strength of his mother’s homesteading historical past. His is a trip that opens a window on a special yet little-known zone of Montana and the West.

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