Franklin Delano Roosevelt was elected president in a landslide in 1932. Dust storms were on the rise; 14 were reported across the country, and the number would double in the following year. World War I veterans marched on Washington, D.C., demanding back pay and pensions to help survive the growing Depression.
Melanie Benjamin was a struggling author when a chance encounter changed the direction of her writing career. Her first two novels of contemporary fiction weren’t selling, so to take her mind off her troubles, she visited a Chicago art museum that was hosting an exhibition of Lewis Carroll’s photography.
Throughout the history of the One Book program, the South Dakota Humanities Council has selected books that propel our mission, helping us create a more well-read and, by extension, more engaged and thoughtful state of South Dakota.
The South Dakota Humanities Council has long been a resource for cultural institutions, readers, writers, aspiring humanities scholars — people who are dedicated to exploring the human adventure in our state.