David B. Danbom

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David B. Danbom (born 1947) is a historian, author, columnist, and retired professor of agricultural history at North Dakota State University. Danbom spent nine years on the Fargo Historic Preservation Commission. He was a frequent contributor to the Fargo Forum newspaper until his relocation to Colorado in 2011.


  • Going it Alone: Fargo Grapples with the Great Depression
  • Fargo, North Dakota: 1870-1940
  • Born in the Country: A History of Rural America
  • Our Purpose Is to Serve: The First Century of the North Dakota Agricultural Experiment Station
  • The Resisted Revolution: Urban America and the Industrialization of Agriculture, 1900-1930
  • "The World of Hope": Progressives and the Struggle for an Ethical Public Life

Teaching awards[edit]

  • 1985, 1990, 1997 Mortar Board Preferred Professor
  • 1990 Burlington Northern Faculty Achievement Award
  • 1990 Council for the Advancement and Support of Education (CASE) North Dakota Professor of the Year
  • 2002 Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences Outstanding Educator Award


  • Borish, Linda J. "Book Reviews." Technology and Culture, Vol. 38, No. 3 (Jul., 1997), pp. 799–801.
  • Beltman, Brian W. The Journal of Southern History, Vol. 63, No. 1 (Feb., 1997), pp. 220–222.

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