JOHN R. WUNDER is professor of history and former director of the Center for Great Plains Studies at the University of Nebraska- Lincoln. He is the author of “Retained by the People”: A History of American Indians and the Bill of Rights (New York: Oxford University Press, 1994) and editor of At Home on the Range: Essays on the History of Western Social and Domestic Life and Working the Range: Essays on the History of Western Land Management and Environment (Westport, Conn.: Greenwood Press, 1985). He is coeditor, with Ralph H. Virgil and Frances W. Kaye of Spain and the Plains: Myths and Realities of Spanish Exploration and Settlement on the Great Plains (Niwot: University Press of Colorado, 1994).
FRANCES W. KAYE is former editor of the Great Plains Quarterly and professor of English at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. She has published numerous articles about Great Plains literature, especially about the contrasts between Canadian and American themes. She is the author of Isolation and Masquerade: Willa Cather's Women (New York: Peter Lang, 1993). She has coedited Mapping the North American Plains: Essays in the History of Cartography (Norman: University of Oklahoma Press, 1987), with Frederick C. Luebke and Gary E. Moulton, and Spain and the Plains.
VERNON CARSTENSEN was professor emeritus of history at the University of Washington. He is the author of Farms or Forests: Evolution of a State Land Policy for Northern Wisconsin, 1850—1932 (Madison: University of Wisconsin College of Agriculture, 1958) and the editor of The Public Lands: Studies in the History of the Public Domain (Madison: University of Wisconsin Press, 1963) and Farmer Discontent, 1865—1900 (New York: Wiley, 1974).