What type of role did the Milwaukee Railroad play in the
settlement of Presho? How did this affect the
social and economic patterns of the town? Were such small rural towns, as Schwieder remembers her girlhood, sleepy, sedentary
places or highly mobile hubs of commerce?
What are the differences between 1st generation
international immigrants settling in eastern North Dakota and 2nd
generation American born immigrants settling farther west? How did towns
form, and what part did factors like chain migration and churches
play in town development?
What role did the federal government play in settling
areas like Presho? How did this role evolve
during the depression? What social ramifications did this have on the
people, including children, of Presho?
What role did “work” play in Presho?
Is Hubbard’s interpretation of this accurate concerning the creation of
work ethic? What did people do for recreation? What are the differences
between rural farm life, rural town life, and metro city life concerning
the role of work during the Hubbards’ childhoods?
How has this changed when compared to modern life in small-town America?
Can Growing Up
With the Town be considered a formal work of history? Would it have
been considered such fifty years ago? How does this type of approach
represent the “democratization of history,” and why is this important?