The Presidency: The Power of the Prairie

The Power of the Prairie

Before the farms there was the tall grass, and before that the boundless wind and whipsawing climates, and before that mile-thick blankets of ice. "A prairie never rests for long, nor does it permit anything else to rest," wrote John Madson in his book Where the Sky Began, an eloquent evocation of the changing heartland and its people. "Those first Europeans had no basis for even imagining wild fields through which a horseman might ride westward for a month or more." The land enlarged their spirits and made them prosper.

Today, Madson looks out over the frozen horizon from his home...

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