The University of Nebraska Press is excited to announce its first virtual book tour of the West with Bison Books! Explore Western Literature from your home or on the road with “Virtually Bison Books”. Once described by many visitors as … Continue reading Introducing “Virtually Bison Books”
Awards The Modoc War: A Story of Genocide at the Dawn of America’s Gilded Age Robert Aquinas McNally Awarded the Gold Californiana medal from the California Book Awards. Books The Lewis and Clark Expedition Day by Day Gary E. Moulton … Continue reading News and Reviews
As the largest and most diversified press between Chicago and California, the University of Nebraska Press is best known for publishing works in Native studies, history, sports, anthropology, geography, American studies, and creative works. In celebration of the press’s seventy-fifth anniversary, the staff has selected … Continue reading 75 Significant Books, Part Four
Read the beginning of Chapter 1, "Politics and Passion: The Exploration of the American Wilderness" from Or Perish in the Attempt: The Hardship and Medicine of the Lewis and Clark Expedition by David J. Peck:
"A love for the wilderness and outdoor adventure are born into the heart and mind of nearly every American, or, at the least, learned early in life. It is nurtured and grows in some more than in others, but it is difficult to grow up in the United States without a strong love of the vast open expanses with which we North Americans are blessed. Coupled with our love of the wilderness comes a fascination with the people who blazed the trails into the wild. That sense of awe and admiration for these pathfinders is cultivated and personified by American icons of the wilderness, men such as Jim Bridger, Kit Carson, Joe Walker, John Muir, Richard Byrd, and the most famous of all, Meriwether Lewis and William Clark.