The Gate City: A History of Omaha

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U of Nebraska Press, Jan 1, 1997 - History - 356 pages
"Lawrence Larsen and his wife Barbara Cottrell have written a marvelous urban biography. They have done what other historians often fail to do--relate local happenings to the larger regional and national picture. And Larsen and Cottrell have skillfully used sophisticated historical works and concepts, incorporating them in an understandable fashion. Throughout this book the authors write in a delightful manner; they make you want to visit Omaha!"--North Dakota History. "[The authors] organize their splendid urban biography around a limited number of events of national magnitude. The husband-wife team take as their story's major units the building of the transcontinental railroad, the penetration of the Great Plains by homesteaders, the establishment of the meat packing industry, and the creation of an elaborate national defense system. They fill in their story with intriguing descriptions of the push-and-pull factors that brought diverse ethnic groups to Omaha in the years since 1854--the years when town promoters first settled at the Missouri River ferry landing in the newly established Nebraska territory. Because their narrative is so well organized, their treatment of political, social, and cultural affairs is clear and cohesive, while their discussion of urban unrest, vice, and crime remains tightly linked to the general outlines of their lively portrait of Omaha's history."--Business History Review. Lawrence H. Larsen is a professor of history at the University of Missouri?Kansas City. He is the author of The Urban South: A History (1990), Federal Justice in Western Missouri: The Judges, the Cases, the Times (1994), and other books. Barbara J. Cottrell is a historian with the National Archives?Central Plains Region. Harl A. Dalstrom is a professor of history at the University of Nebraska at Omaha.
 

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Contents

Chapter
1
Air View of Omaha ca 1950s Courtesy NSHS 05471
8
Page
11
Edward Creighton Courtesy NSHS B74710
31
A Little Pioneer Town
33
Downtown Omaha ca early 1930s Courtesy NSHS 05458
54
Part Two 18701900
58
Omaha in 1870 Courtesy NSHS 054786
67
Chapter 6
167
Burning of William Browns Body Courtesy NSHS M93669
182
Part Four 19301960
190
At Heart It Is Still a City in the Making
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Page 69
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Page
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Page
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The Dynamics of Quality
243

The City Has Grown Too Fast
89
George L Miller Courtesy NSHS P853
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Grand Central Hotel early 1870s Courtesy NSHS 054269
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Creighton College Courtesy NSHS 054317
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A Future Rich with Promise
127
Page
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Laws that People Dont Believe in Cant be Enforced
155
Chapter 9
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by Harl A Dalstrom
297
Heart of Old Market District 13 September 1979 Courtesy Niel
325
Index
345
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Lawrence H. Larsen is a professor of history at the University of Missouri?Kansas City. He is the author of The Urban South: A History (1990), Federal Justice in Western Missouri: The Judges, the Cases, the Times (1994), and other books. Barbara J. Cottrell is a historian with the National Archives?Central Plains Region. Harl A. Dalstrom is a professor of history at the University of Nebraska at Omaha.

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