Laura Ingalls Wilder: A Perspective from 1932, the Year of Publication of Her First “Little House” Novel

During the past several years, increasing numbers of books and articles have appeared

By April of 1932, when Harper and Brothers released Laura Ingalls Wilder’s first children’s novel, Little House in the Big Woods, the United States was moving into the second year of the worst economic depression in its history. The year stands out-along with 1776, 1789, 1861, 1917, 1941, and 1968-as one of the most dramatic and significant in the nation’s history. Perhaps the most important single event was the nomination and subsequent election of New York Governor Franklin D. Continue reading