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The Way to the West: Essays on the Central Plains

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This 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 turns his attention here to land, animals, families, and stories. Focusing on a region embracing parts of present-day Kansas, Nebraska, Colorado, and Wyoming, he examines both ...more
Paperback, 254 pages
Published October 1st 1995 by University of New Mexico Press
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Kelsi
Jan 13, 2013 rated it liked it
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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.
Allison Thaemlitz
Oct 03, 2011 rated it really liked it
A very easy read that opens new ways of looking at the American West. A must read for anyone interested.
Tom Darrow
Jul 09, 2011 rated it liked it
Went to a conference on the Great Plains hosted by the author. The conference was great, but his book was not. Very dense.
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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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