Prairie fires have always been a spectacular and dangerous part of the Great Plains. Nineteenth-century settlers sometimes lost their lives to uncontrolled blazes, and today ranchers such as those in the Flint Hills of Kansas manage the grasslands through controlled burning. Even small fires, overlooked by history, changed lives--destroyed someone's property, threatened someone's safety, or simply made someone's breath catch because of their astounding beauty.
Full Product DetailsAuthor: Julie Courtwright
Publisher: University Press of Kansas
Imprint: University Press of Kansas
Dimensions: Width: 15.20cm , Height: 2.50cm , Length: 22.90cm
ISBN 10: 0700617949
Publication Date: 15 October 2011
Audience: General/trade , General
Publisher's Status: Active
Availability: In Print
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Fire has been a primal force in the American heartland--a tool and a threat, a source of terror and wonder, entangled with the very identities of plains peoples--yet before now no one has told its story. Courtwright has taken up that challenge, and her history, grandly researched and vividly told, is an essential addition to western environmental studies. --Elliott West, author of The Contested Plains: Indians, Goldseekers, and the Rush to Colorado<br><br> For too long the Great Plains have been the flyover region of American fire history. Thanks to Courtwright's detailed and admirable work, they can now move from missing middle back to the center. --Stephen Pyne, author of Fire: A Brief History
<strong>Julie Courtwright</strong> is an assistant professor of history at Iowa State University.
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