The Great Plains Author:Walter Prescott Webb About the book — This is a fascinating history of the Great Central Plains of America and how they have bet and molded American life, destroying traditions, and influencing human institutions in a most singular manner. Professor Webb in this brilliant book shows how this area, with its three dominant characteristics, affected the various peoples... more » -- nations as well as individuals -- who came to take it, occupy it, and grow roots in its soil; for this land -- dry, flat, and treeless -- has from the beginning worked its inexorable effect upon man. Few books have been able to penetrate the historic essence of America as well as this one, which reaches into the very anatomy of the continent to uncover the hidden wellsprings of American character and culture.
About the Author
Walter Prescott Webb, a native Texan, is one of America's most distinguished historians, honored here and abroad. He as been Harkness Lecturer in American History at London University, Marmsworth Professor of American History at Oxford, and, since 1933, Professor of History at the University of Texas. He is also a fellow of the Texas Institute of Letters and is recognized in the Southwest as one of the ablest historians writing about that region.
He has written a number of highly provocative books, including The Great Frontier, which advances a new theory explaining the patter of Western history for the last 400 years. Of this controversial book the New York Herald wrote: "His work is bold, speculative, and rich in hypotheses, some of them buttressed with evidence, others thrown out as guideposts to further inquiry... It provides a magnificent perspective from which to view the whole course of modern history." Professor Web, who resides in Austin, Texas, is a member of the American Historical Association and the Texas Folklore Society.« less