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March 5, 2014

OU history professor to receive prestigious Wrangler Award

NORMAN — Professor David Wrobel, Merrick Chair of Western History at the University of Oklahoma, has been selected to receive the Wrangler Award in recognition of his nonfiction book “Global West, American Frontier: Travel, Empire and Exceptionalism from Manifest Destiny to the Great Depression.”

Wrobel will be formally honored during the Western Heritage Awards banquet April 12 at the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum.

First presented in 1961, the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum Western Heritage Awards were established to honor and encourage the legacy of those whose works in literature, music, film and television reflect the significant stories of the American West.

Wrobel teaches undergraduate and graduate courses at OU on the American West, Modern American Thought and Culture, the Progressive Era, Historical Methods and the U.S. Survey: 1865-present.

Wrobel also has authored two other books, “Promised Lands: Promotion, Memory and the Creation of the American West” and “The End of American Exceptionalism: Frontier Anxiety from the Old West to the New Deal.” His current book projects are “The West and America, 1900-2000: A Regional History” and “John Steinbeck’s America, 1930-1968.” Wrobel co-edits The Modern American West book series, and he is the author of numerous articles and essays.

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