Thanks to a semi-autobiographical book series, a movie, a TV show, and all kinds of other spin-offs, Laura Ingalls Wilder's life has become the world's most well-known (and beloved) example of what it was like to settle on the American frontier. But most people remember Laura as a child or, at the oldest, a young mother. Today's episode takes a brief look at the life described in the "Little House" books, but our focus is really on Laura the grown-up and how she came to write the books with the help of her daughter, Rose Wilder Lane.
This is one of our most-requested topics, by so many different people we've lost count.
Our listener mail is about our smallpox episode. One is a correction that we got from a few people; this one's from Matt. (Rinderpest, like smallpox, has been eradicated by human activity.) Our other is from Anne Marie and is about chicken pox parties.
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- Laura Ingalls Wilder Home. http://www.lauraingallswilderhome.com/?page_id=39
- Biography. "Laura Ingalls Wilder." http://www.biography.com/people/laura-ingalls-wilder-9531246
- Land Records: Ingalls Homestead File. National Archives. http://www.archives.gov/research/land/ingalls/index.html
- Mueller, Jean West and Wynell Burroughs Schamel. "Little House in the Census: Almanzo and Laura Ingalls Wilder." Social Education 53, 7 (November/December 1989): 451-453. http://www.archives.gov/education/lessons/wilder/
- Potter, Constance. "Genealogy Notes: De Smet, Dakota Territory, Little Town in the National Archives." Prologue Magazine. Winter 2003. Vol. 35, No. 4. http://www.archives.gov/publications/prologue/2003/winter/little-town-in-nara-1.html
- Miller, John E. "Becoming Laura Ingalls Wilder: The Woman Behind the Legend." Chapter One. University of Missouri Press. http://www.nytimes.com/books/first/m/miller-wilder.html
- Thurman, Judith. "Wilder Women." The New Yorker. 8/10/2009. http://www.newyorker.com/arts/critics/atlarge/2009/08/10/090810crat_atlarge_thurman
- Hill, Pamela Smith. "Laura Ingalls Wilder: A Writer's Life." South Dakota State Historical Society Press. 2007.
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