The Great Plains, Second Edition

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The Great Plains, Second Edition

Second Edition

654 pages
34 maps, 4 figures, 3 numbered tables, 12 unnumbered tables, index.

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August 2022

978-1-4962-3260-1

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August 2022

978-1-4962-3133-8

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August 2022

978-1-4962-3259-5

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About the Book

Published in Cooperation with the William P. Clements Center for Southwest Studies, Southern Methodist University
 
This iconic description of the interaction between the vast central plains of the continent and the white Americans who moved there in the mid-nineteenth century has endured as one of the most influential, widely known, and controversial works in western history since its first publication in 1931. Arguing that “the Great Plains environment . . . constitutes a geographic unity whose influences have been so powerful as to put a characteristic mark upon everything that survives within its borders,” Walter Prescott Webb identifies the revolver, barbed wire, and the windmill as technological adaptations that facilitated Anglo conquest of the arid, treeless region. Webb draws on history, anthropology, geography, demographics, climatology, and economics in arguing that the 98th Meridian constitutes an institutional fault line at which “practically every institution that was carried across it was either broken and remade or else greatly altered.”

This new edition of one of the foundational works of western American history features an introduction by Great Plains historian Andrew R. Graybill and a new index and updated design.
 

Author Bio

Walter Prescott Webb (1888–1963) was among the most important and influential historians of the American West. He spent his career at the University of Texas and enjoyed visiting appointments in London and Oxford. Webb was the author of a number of highly provocative books, including The Texas Rangers and The Great Frontier. Andrew R. Graybill is a professor of history and director of the William P. Clements Center for Southwest Studies at Southern Methodist University. He is the author or editor of four books, including Policing the Great Plains: Rangers, Mounties, and the North American Frontier, 1875–1910 (Nebraska, 2007).
 

Praise

“Walter Webb’s The Great Plains wrenched our understanding of the West—and through that, of American history—onto a strikingly new course. Engaging and fluently written, it remains largely as pertinent today as when it appeared nearly a century ago. Andrew Graybill’s smart and balanced introduction is the ideal guide to how we can begin to learn from both the insights and the flaws of this American classic.”—Elliott West, Alumni Distinguished Professor of History at the University of Arkansas

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