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April 9, 2019

University distinguished history professor's book nominated for Great Plains prize

Submitted by Melissa Janulis

University Distinguish Professor James Sherow's newest published work is among four finalists for the 2019 Stubbendieck Great Plains Distinguished Book Prize. "The Chisholm Trail: Joseph McCoy's Great Gamble" was published by the University of Oklahoma Press in 2018.

The Stubbendieck Prize celebrates the book published during the previous year that made the biggest contribution to advancing understanding of and appreciation for the Great Plains.

The prize includes a $10,000 cash award, the highest value in the region, and the winner is invited to the Center for Great Plains Studies to deliver a public lecture.

A new environmental interpretation of the Great Plains cattle trade, Sherow reveals the ecological and market connections from Texas to New York City and beyond that led the McCoy brothers to bet their fortunes on a small way station in what would become an integral part of transforming the cattle trade into the multimillion-dollar enterprise today.

The winner of the Stubbendieck Prize will be announced May 1. Only first-edition, full-length, nonfiction books published and copyrighted in 2018 were eligible for the award. Nominations were made by publishers or authors.

For more information about the Stubbendieck Prize, other finalists and past winners, visit unl.edu/plains/bookprize/bookprize.shtml

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