Atlas of the Great Plains

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2011 Booklist Editor's Choice, reference category

The Great Plains, stretching northward from Texas into Canada, is a region that has been understudied and overlooked. The Atlas of the Great Plains, however, brings a new focus to North America?s midcontinent. With more than three hundred original full-color maps, accompanied by extended explanatory text, this collection chronicles the history of the Great Plains, including political and social developments. Far more than simply...

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Overview


2011 Booklist Editor's Choice, reference category

The Great Plains, stretching northward from Texas into Canada, is a region that has been understudied and overlooked. The Atlas of the Great Plains, however, brings a new focus to North America’s midcontinent. With more than three hundred original full-color maps, accompanied by extended explanatory text, this collection chronicles the history of the Great Plains, including political and social developments. Far more than simply the geography of the region, this atlas explores a myriad of subjects from Native Americans to settlement patterns, agricultural ventures to voting records, and medical services to crime rates. These detailed and beautifully designed maps convey the significance of the region, capturing the essence of its land and life. The only current and comprehensive atlas of the Great Plains region, it is also the first atlas to include both the United States and Canada, showing the region’s full length and breadth.

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Editorial Reviews

Monsters and Critics

"Whether your interest is cartography, social trends or a desire to learn more about our country's midsection, this glorious book is sure to captivate and educate."—Sandy Amazeen, Monsters and Critics

— Sandy Amazeen

Booklist

"Recommended as a great value at a terrific price for most libraries; essential for all types of libraries where there is an interest in the history and geography of this region."—Diana Shonrock, Booklist

— Diana Shonrock

South Dakota History

"The Atlas of the Great Plains may well be one of the best scholarly atlases of a United States region ever produced. While the volume makes a much-needed scholarly contribution to research on the region, its layout, topics, map design, and text make the geographical diversity and geographical patterns of the Great Plains easily accessible to anyone who has an interest in this often-overlooked region of North America."—Robert Watrel, South Dakota History

— Robert Watrel

American Reference Books

"Every library in the plains region will of course need this title in its reference collection."—Mark T. Bay, American Reference Books

— Mark T. Bay

Booklist - Diana Shonrock

"Recommended as a great value at a terrific price for most libraries; essential for all types of libraries where there is an interest in the history and geography of this region."—Diana Shonrock, Booklist
South Dakota History - Robert Watrel

"The Atlas of the Great Plains may well be one of the best scholarly atlases of a United States region ever produced. While the volume makes a much-needed scholarly contribution to research on the region, its layout, topics, map design, and text make the geographical diversity and geographical patterns of the Great Plains easily accessible to anyone who has an interest in this often-overlooked region of North America."—Robert Watrel, South Dakota History
Monsters and Critics - Sandy Amazeen

"Whether your interest is cartography, social trends or a desire to learn more about our country's midsection, this glorious book is sure to captivate and educate."—Sandy Amazeen, Monsters and Critics
American Reference Books - Mark T. Bay

"Every library in the plains region will of course need this title in its reference collection."—Mark T. Bay, American Reference Books
Library Journal
Lavin (geography, Univ. of Nebraska), Fred M. Shelley (geography, Univ. of Oklahoma), and J. Clark Archer (geography, Univ. of Nebraska) coedited the Atlas of American Politics, 1960–2000. The boundary of the Great Plains they use in this study is that demarcated in David J. Wishart's Encyclopedia of the Great Plains (Univ. of Nebraska, 2004), to which this atlas is intended "as a stand-alone complement." This area encompasses ten U.S. states (Colorado, Kansas, Montana, Nebraska, New Mexico, North Dakota, Oklahoma, South Dakota, Texas, and Wyoming) and three Canadian provinces (Alberta, Manitoba, and Saskatchewan). Five adjacent states—Arkansas, Iowa, Louisiana, Minnesota, and Missouri—have also been included. The more than 300 full-color thematic maps are divided into eight topical sections: "Land and Environment," "History," "Population," "Rural Settlement and Agriculture," "Urban Settlement and Economy," "Politics and Government," "Recreation and Services," and "Social Indicators." They graphically illustrate an astounding array of statistical data from demographics and crop acreage to presidential election results and symphony orchestras. The accompanying text further explores this wealth of information. BOTTOM LINE Whether paired with Wishart's encyclopedia or not, this distinctive and handsomely produced atlas is highly recommended as an invaluable reference resource for public and academic libraries, and it will enthrall all those with a special interest in North America's heartland.—Edward K. Werner, St. Lucie Cty. Lib. Syst., Ft. Pierce, FL
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780803215368
  • Publisher: University of Nebraska Press
  • Publication date: 7/1/2011
  • Pages: 352
  • Sales rank: 562,866
  • Product dimensions: 8.70 (w) x 11.10 (h) x 1.50 (d)

Meet the Author


Stephen J. Lavin (1943–2011) was a professor of geography at the University of Nebraska–Lincoln. He is the coauthor (with J. Clark Archer and Fred M. Shelley) of the Historical Atlas of U.S. Presidential Elections, 1788–2004 and the Atlas of American Politics, 1960–2000. Fred M. Shelley is a professor of geography at the University of Oklahoma. He is the coauthor of The Geography of North America: Environment, Political Economy, and Culture. J. Clark Archer is a professor of geography at the University of Nebraska–Lincoln. David J. Wishart is a professor of geography at the University of Nebraska–Lincoln and the editor of the Encyclopedia of the Great Plains (Nebraska 2004). John C. Hudson is a professor of geography at Northwestern University and author of Across This Land: A Regional Geography of the United States and Canada.
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