The Way to the West: Essays on the Central Plains (Calvin P. Horn Lectures in Western History and Culture)
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The Way to the West: Essays on the Central Plains (Calvin P. Horn Lectures in Western History and Culture)

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This poignant history of the great migrations of the Cheyenne Indians and Anglo pioneers onto the arid Central Plains tells a complex story of the relationship between people and the environment. Elliott West, a distinguished western historian, turns his attention here to land, animals, families, and stories. Focusing on a region embracing parts of present-day Kansas, Nebr

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Paperback, 254 pages
Published October 1st 1995 by University of New Mexico Press
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Kelsi
This book is comprised of four essays concerning perspectives on the West. It focuses on land, animals, families and stories. My favorite essays were animals and stories. Animals dealt with the eradication of the buffalo, and stories looks at how we conceive of the West today.

My reasoning for 3 stars is that some of the essays were a little longwinded and lacked a cohesive point.
Tom Darrow
Went to a conference on the Great Plains hosted by the author. The conference was great, but his book was not. Very dense.
Allison
A very easy read that opens new ways of looking at the American West. A must read for anyone interested.
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Elliott West received his B.A. from the University of Texas (1967) and his Ph.D. from the University of Colorado (1971). He joined the U of A faculty in 1979. Two of his books, Growing Up With the Country: Childhood on the Far-Western Frontier (1989) and The Way to the West: Essays on the Central Plains (1995) received the Western Heritage Award. The Contested Plains: Indians, Goldseekers, and the...more
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