The Sodbreakers

The Sodbreakers : People Who Lived and Died Settling the West

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This is a book that should be read by all Americans! The author, Edith Eudora Ammons Kohl, not only participated in the difficult, perilous settling of America's West, but she also captured the sights, sounds and events involved in her book, "The Sodbreakers." Her writings are priceless, historic depictions. Thanks to her writing style in "The Sodbreakers," you will have a greater appreciation for the personal sacrifice, hard work and suffering she and other homesteaders endured in settling the West. Her craft of words paints images as if you are actually present to witness the exciting, dangerous, often sad, events as they actually more

Product details

  • Paperback | 270 pages
  • 152 x 229 x 14mm | 363g
  • Createspace
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1514226138
  • 9781514226131

About Edith Eudora Ammons Kohl

Edith Eudora Ammons Kohl, is the talented author who wrote "The Sodbreakers," "Land of the Burnt Thigh," "Denver's Historic Mansions," "Denver's First Christmas," and another book soon to be released, "Woman of the Cavalcade." Make no mistake about it ... Edith Kohl's writings are truly priceless, historic documents. Edith Kohl was a young, relatively small lady, slightly more than five feet tall. She was frail and in poor health when she and her little sister, Ida Mary, set out by themselves to join other heroic men, women and children to help settle America's wild, unchartered West. What they expected to be a great, exciting adventure certainly was ... but what they encountered was much, much more than they could ever have imagined! They had no way of knowing the many, extreme hardships, challenges and dangers awaiting them and the other heroic homesteaders. That is what Edith Kohl writes about so skillfully for us in "The Sodbreakers." In addition to her writing achievements, Edith Kohl was quite an extraordinary individual who accomplished several other notable things in her life. She was a "Homesteader" herself; a feature writer for the Denver Post from 1929 until 1954; established a number of U.S. Post Offices; started several newspapers in Montana, South Dakota and Wyoming; was instrumental in negotiating and settling several serious disputes among cattlemen, farmers and American Indians; and more. In fact, Edith was under contract with MGM for the movie rights to her first book, "Land of the Burnt Thigh" which was originally published by Funk and Wagnalls in 1938. It currently is published by the Minnesota Historical Society and is available on With Edith's death in 1959, no movie was made. As you can appreciate, Edith Eudora Ammons Kohl was quite a remarkable lady. She was highly-intelligent, courageous and hard-working, but it was her reputation for fairness and honesty that earned her the respect and admiration of all who encountered her ... including high-level government officials and politicians. Those who had the good fortune to meet Edith could never forget her ... and neither will you ... once you finish reading her book, "The Sodbreakers." You are in for a treat!show more