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Published in GREAT PLAINS QUARTERLY 26:2 (Spring 2006). Copyright © 2006 Center for Great Plains Studies, University of Nebraska–Lincoln.


The Encyclopedia of the Great Plains is a terrific soapbox for Plains historians, teachers, writers, and residents. I'm not referring only to its size-though standing on it would elevate one nicely for fervent speechmaking.
No, I mean it's the best advertisement I've seen lately for Great Plains reality. The nation's central region has been ignored, abused, misunderstood, and trampled. This collection represents the ardent efforts by the finest scholars in the country to analyze it with respect-even affection-and portray it without the romanticism that has colored too many views.