North Dakota

The Digital Press at the University of North Dakota publishes high-quality scholarly works on the history, culture, and society in North Dakota and on the Northern Plains.

Bakken Goes Boom Front CoverThe Bakken Goes Boom: Oil and the Changing Geographies of Western North Dakota

Edited by William Caraher and Kyle Conway

With contributions from Carenlee Barkdull, Karin L. Becker, Sebastian Braun, Nikki Berg Burin, Angela Cary, Kyle Cassidy, Heidi Czerwiec, Simon Donato, Rebecca A. Dunham, Julia C. Geigle, John Holmgren, Heather Jackson, Ann Reed, Andrew Reinhard, Richard Rothaus, Melissa Rae Stewart, Jessica Sobolik, Laura Tally, Ryan M. Taylor, Bret A. Weber, Joshua E. Young

In 2008, the Bakken went boom. Thanks to advances in hydraulic fracturing, oil production in western North Dakota exploded. As the price of oil went up, so did the oil rigs. People came from all over the country (and the world) in search of work, and cities and towns struggled to keep up. This book is about the challenges they faced. It is about the human dimensions of the boom, as told by artists, poets, journalists, and scholars. It captures the boom at its peak, before the price of oil fell and the boom went bust.

This is the only book on the Bakken to bring together such a wide range of voices. It captures a fascinating moment in the history not only of North Dakota, but of global oil production. It sheds light on the impact of oil on local communities that, until now, had not attracted much interest from the outside world. And it shows how North Dakotans, both old and new, have found ways to address the challenges they face in a turbulent, changing environment.

Download the book (free) | Print Version (Amazon)


UND and The Great War
The University of North Dakota and The Great War

North Dakota Quarterly Reprint Series

This volume documents the range of attitudes toward World War I on the University of North Dakota campus as well as the various contributions from across the university to the war effort. The centerpiece of the collection is Wesley Johnson’s recollection of his time in the trenches in France. This volume also features articles by renowned historian O.G. Libby, Sociologist George Davies (UND’s first Ph.D.), UND Law Professor Hugh Willis, and nursing alumna Hazel B. Nielson. This book brings these articles together for the first time and provides a engaging group of sources for the casual reader, historians, and students alike.

Complete Book (pdf) | North Dakota Quarterly


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Karl Jakob Skarstein

Translated Melissa Gjellstad and Danielle Skjelver
With contributions from Dakota Goodhouse and Richard Rothaus

The Dakota War (1862-1864) ranks among the most overlooked conflicts in American History. Contemporary with the American Civil War, the Dakota War featured significant fighting, tactical brilliance, and strategic savvy set in the open landscape of the Northern Plains in Minnesota and North Dakota.

Karl Jakob Starstein’s The War with the Sioux tells the story of the Norwegian immigrants, American soldiers, and Lakota and Dakota Indians as they sought to protect their ways of life. Translated from Norwegian and supplemented with new introductions by Melissa Gjellstad, Richard Rothaus, and Dakota Goodhouse, this work draws upon newly studied sources in Norwegian for life on the Northern Plains during these tumultuous years. Skarstein’s work makes an important, new contribution to the growing body of scholarship on this conflict and offers an accessible and surprisingly intimate view of the conflict from the perspective of Norwegian settlers in the region.

Download the Book (free) | Amazon (print version)


  1. […] the book is ready, I’ll update its page on The Digital Press’s website, push out a press release, and, of course, blog something […]

  2. […] It’s a good day! The English translation of Karl Jakob Skarstein’s The War with the Sioux is finally published. Go here for the links to download the book. […]

  3. […] It’s a good day! The English translation of Karl Jakob Skarstein’s The War with the Sioux is finally published. Go here for the links to download the book. […]

  4. […] I want to thank everyone who downloaded or purchased copies of The Digital Press’s most recent publication, Karl Jakob Skarstein’s The War with the Sioux. In the first week the book was available we saw over 150 copies enter circulation as either free […]

  5. […] nice media coverage for the Melissa Gjellstad’s and Danielle Skjelver’s recent transition of K. J. Skarstein’s the War…from the Pierce County Tribune this […]

  6. […] sure to check out our sponsor this episode. Karl Jacob Skarstein’s The War with the Sioux from the Digital Press at the University of North […]

  7. […] sure to check out our sponsor this episode. Karl Jacob Skarstein’s The War with the Sioux from the Digital Press at the University of North […]

  8. […] The volume is offered as a free download here. […]

  9. […] Dakota and the Great War is available as a free digital download from the NDQ webpage and on the The Digital Presses webpage. The introductory material is free to distribute under an open access license and the essays from […]

  10. […] I started pecking away at a long overdue project, wrapped up a conference paper (next week!), published a collection of reprints from North Dakota Quarterly, and watched the start of David Warner’s mighty double […]

  11. […] The Digital Press at the University of North Dakota got its first review. Karl Jacob Skarstein’s The War with the Sioux was reviewed in North Dakota […]

  12. […] boom and the current crisis could do worse than reading Sebastian Braun’s contribution to our Bakken Goes Boom or buying a copy of Trout, Broby, and Houston (eds.) Fracture. Braun reminds us that “All […]

  13. […] feel bit bad not including K. J. Skarstein’s War with the Sioux on this page, but I reckon it was a bit too far a field for ASOR. To make up for […]

  14. […] The War with the Sioux is the Digital Press’s best seller and received both a proper book review in the public humanities media (in North Dakota History which strangely enough isn’t online!) and some strong word of mouth sales and downloads thanks to the hard work of the translators and their extensive network of local and regional connections. And this event. It’s a thing.  […]

  15. […] over 2000 downloads, has never sold more than handful of copies (52, to be exact). In contrast, The War with the Sioux, has had about 900 downloads and sold 232 copies. The Bakken Goes Boom has had about 1000 downloads […]

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