Nebraska : an Illustrated History

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U of Nebraska Press, 2005 - History - 416 pages
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A unique history of Nebraska is presented in these pages, drawing on fifty-eight short topical chapters and a rich gallery of illustrations. Professor Frederick C. Luebke?s lifelong commitment to the study of his state informs the book in every detail, as does his concern for clear and readable narrative. The treasure trove of images, many never published before, cast new light on many aspects of Nebraska?s history. These include the culture of the state?s Native peoples and their lives today, the building of the transcontinental railroad, the hardship endured by European immigrants, and the contributions of women, African Americans, Hispanic Americans, and Asian Americans to the state. This is a book that every Nebraskan will want to own, read, and enjoy. This second edition includes updated chapters on the current social, economic, and political climate of Nebraska and some new illustrations.
  

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Contents

The Place and the People
1
A Place on the Way to Somewhere Else
7
The First Nebraskans
11
The Fur Trade in Nebraska
17
Soldiers Scientists and Artists
22
Army Outpost on the Missouri
27
Steamboats on the Missouri
30
The Overlanders
36
The Populist Response to Hard Times
204
The Emergence of Omaha as Nebraskas Metropolis
210
Lincoln as the Athens of the Plains
218
The Progressive Movement in Nebraska
225
Bryan and Norris
231
World War I in Nebraska
237
Race Riot in Omaha 1919
245
The Legacy of Samuel McKelvie
250

The Creation of Nebraska Territory
42
Speculators and Politicians
48
The Territorial Economy
54
Building the Transcontinental Railroad
59
The Farmers Frontier
66
Nebraska in the Civil War
70
Nebraskas First Quarter Century jj 13 A Capital Controversy
81
A Network of Rails
88
Towns on the Plains
93
Hard Times in the 1870s
102
The Range Cattle Industry
106
The Boom before the Bust
113
The Role of Technology
117
Log Cabins and Sod Houses
123
Making a Home on the Nebraska Frontier
130
A Flood of European Immigrants
136
Strangers in Their Own Land
142
Forts and Soldiers on the Nebraska Frontier
151
African Americans in NineteenthCentury Nebraska
157
The Little School House on the Prairie
164
When Higher Education Was Lower
171
Churches and Politics in 1890
178
Nebraska Politics NineteenthCentury Style
185
The Emergence of Modern Nebraska 18901930
191
Facing Environmental Realities
195
Nebraskans Build a Monumental Capitol 19201934
254
Back Home on the Farm in the 1920s
259
The 1920s as Transition
267
Drought Depression War and Recovery 19301970
275
Drought and Depression
279
Nebraskas Unique Legislature
288
Public Power Comes to Nebraska
292
World War II in Nebraska
298
From Fort Crook to Strategic Air Command Headquarters
307
Higher Education in the Postwar Decades 19451970
313
Nebraska Agriculture in the Postwar World
318
Interstate 80
323
The Tiemann Legacy
328
AfricanAmerican Unrest in Omaha
333
Change in Contemporary Nebraska 19702005
339
Agriculture in Contemporary Nebraska
343
Nebraskas Changing Economy
350
Changes in Nebraskas Population
356
Education in a Technological Era
360
Minorities in Contemporary Nebraska
366
Nebraska Politics 19702005
373
The Quality of Life in Nebraska
379
Readings in the History of Nebraska
387
Index
393
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Frederick C. Luebke is Charles J. Mach Distinguished Professor Emeritus in the department of history at the University of Nebraska?Lincoln. His books include A Harmony of the Arts: The Nebraska State Capitol (Nebraska 1990) and Germans in the New World: Essays in the History of Immigration.

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