Nebraska Authors

John R. Wunder

Born 1945 Vinton, IA (USA)

Long-time UNL history professor and former director of the Center for Great Plains Studies, Wunder has written about the Great Plains, Plains Indians, the Civil War and American legal history. He donated his law books to the UNL law library, and his other books and personal papers to the UNL University Archives. He published or edited some 19 books and numerous essays and professional articles. Retained by the People: A History of American Indians and the Bill of Rights, 1995 won Phi Alpha Theta's (the national history honorary society) award for the best history book that year. Wunder has won many other awards and fellowships.

See also, for Native American subjects: Joe Starita, David Wishart, Stew Magnuson and Alan Boye.

Places Lived

Lincoln, NE (1988- )
Cleveland, OH
Iowa City, IA
Seattle, WA
Lubbock, TX
Clemson, SC

Author Of

  • Nonfiction

Keywords

Western American History; Legal and Constitutional; Nebraska; Native Americans; Historiography; Slavery; Environmental; Land Management; Social History

Education

Bachelor of Arts Degree, 1967, University of Iowa, Iowa City, Iowa
Master of Arts Degree and Law Degree (J.D.), 1970
Ph.D., 1974, University of Washington, Seattle, WA

Occupation

Professor of History
Associate Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences, University of Nebraska - Lincoln
Director of the Center for Great Plains Studies

Places Worked

Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, OH
Texas Tech University, Lubbock, TX
Head of History Department, Clemson University, Clemson, SC

Honors

Recipient of the Annis Chaikin Sorenson Award for Outstanding Teacher at UNL, 1994
Recipient of Phi Alpha Theta's award for best history book by an established scholar, 1995 for Retained By the People
First UNL Professor to be selected to hold the Fulbright Bicentennial Chair in American Studies in Finland, 1995-96 (unanimously selected)

John H. Ames Reading Series, Featured Reader, 19 October 2008

Bibliography

Inferior Courts, Superior Justice: A History of the Justices of Peace on the Northwest Frontier. 1979. (Contributions in Legal Studies)
At Home on the Range: Essays on the History of Western Social and Domestic Life. 1985.
Working the Range: Essays on the History of Western Land Management and the Environment. 1985.
Historians of the American Frontier. 1988.
The Kiowa. 1989.
Retained By the People: A History of American Indians and the Bill of Rights. 1994.
Spain and the Plains: Myths and Realities of Spanish Exploration and Settlement of the Great Plains. 1994. (Co-Authored with Ralph Vigil and Frances Kaye)
Nebraska Moments. 2007. (Co-author, new edition)
The Kansas-Nebraska Act of 1854. 2008. (Compiler and Co-Editor, with Joann M. Ross)
"I do not apologize for the length of this letter" : the Mari Sandoz letters on Native American rights, 1940-1965. 2009. (Kimberly Lee, editor and compiler, John R. Wunder, Foreword and series editor.)

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