Available Now About the Book In the spring of 1853, a family of eight drove their wagon to the wharf in Bergen, Norway. They unloaded their belongings alongside the other stacks labeled, AMERICA, MINNESOTA, ILLINOIS, MICHIGAN, NEW YORK CITY, CHICAGO and boarded the crowded ship. Hopeful, nervous Norwegians-giving up everything for a place they knew of only through second-hand tales of freedom and opportunity-watched as the shoreline retreated, … [Read more...]
Behind the Scenes: Front Cover Concepts Not Chosen for Robert Dodge’s FIELDS OF FORTUNE, History | Out Tomorrow!
As you know, a lot of work goes into creating a book-writing, editing, marketing, and publishing-One of the most important aspects of any book production or marketing plan is its cover. Our designer, Tatiana Vila, submitted several stunning concepts for the FIELDS OF FORTUNE front cover. She was given the following three graphics to be inspired by: She submitted the following stunning concepts: After collaborating with the designer, … [Read more...]
Author Robert Dodge Shares Five Things You Didn’t Know About Homesteaders in the Upper Great Plains
FILEDS OF FORTUNE: 'Viking' Farmers In America by author Robert Dodge details the trials and tragedies of a family of Norwegian settlers on the Great Plains, spanning Norway, immigration, adaptation to the New World. Below, the author shares five things you might not know about the homesteaders of the time. 1 Extreme Temperatures Homesteaders in the upper Great Plains experienced extreme and rapid temperature changes that were caused by what … [Read more...]
I was born and raised in North Dakota and attended college at North Dakota State University. I graduated with honors in history and was awarded one of the twenty-two National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Post-Graduate Scholarships given nationwide to scholar-athletes. I began law school at the University of Minnesota the year graduate school deferments were ended. While waiting for my time in the army I transferred to history, then … [Read more...]