Free Land

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For the 1946 German drama film, see Free Land (film).
Free Land
First edition
Author Rose Wilder Lane
Cover artist John O'Hara Cosgrove II
Country United States
Language English
Genre Western
Publisher Longmans, Green, and Co.
Publication date
Pages 332

Free Land - a 1938 novel by Rose Wilder Lane that contains some actual events.


In the 1880s, the newlywed Beatons come to Dakota to claim 300 acres (1.2 km2) of grassland. But their struggle to survive includes brutal isolation from the rest of the world as cyclones and blizzards hit, and drought challenges their ability to live off their land.

Historical background[edit]

The author, Rose Wilder Lane, grew up herself in the time and place of which she writes. Her parents homesteaded in Dakota. Many of the events described in the book, actually happened to either her parents (Laura Ingalls Wilder and Almanzo Wilder), or her grandparents (Caroline and Charles Ingalls). The book is similar in a way to the Little House series, only it is darker and more serious.