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History of Nebraska was originally created to mark the territorial centennial of Nebraska, and revised to coincide with the statehood centennial. This one-volume history quickly became the standard text for the college student and reference for the general reader, unmatched for three generations. This third edition, which has been thoroughly revised and rewritten while preserving the spirit and intelligence of the original, affirms and extends that record. Incorporating the results of thirty years of scholarship and research, the third edition of History of Nebraska gives fuller attention to such topics as the Native American experience in Nebraska and the accomplishments and circumstances of the state’s women and minorities. It also provides a historical analysis of the state’s dramatic changes in the past thirty years.
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Omaha World-Herald

“The books James C. Olson leaves behind will enhance . . . Nebraska’s collective memory of itself, for many years to come.”—Omaha World-Herald
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780803286054
  • Publisher: UNP - Nebraska Paperback
  • Publication date: 5/28/1997
  • Edition description: Revised Edition
  • Edition number: 3
  • Pages: 520
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 1.16 (d)

Meet the Author

James C. Olson is president emeritus of the University of Missouri. He is the author of Red Cloud and the Sioux Problem (Nebraska 1965).
Ronald C. Naugle is Huge-Kinne Professor of History and chair of the department at Nebraska Wesleyan University. With Patricia Cox Crews, he is the author of Nebraska Quilts and Quiltmakers (Nebraska 1991).
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Table of Contents

List of Illustrations
List of Maps
List of Tables
Preface to the Third Edition
1 The Land 1
2 The First People 13
3 Spain and France on the Plains 27
4 The Louisiana Purchase 36
5 The Great Platte River Road 53
6 The Kansas-Nebraska Act 67
7 The Nebraska Territory 78
8 Territorial Growth and Development 87
9 Highway to the West 101
10 Securing the Land 117
11 The Politics of Statehood 131
12 Establishing the State Government 143
13 Years of Settlement 156
14 The 1870s: Growing Pains 169
15 The Range Cattle Industry 186
16 The 1880s: Progress and Prosperity 199
17 The 1880s: Whose Prosperity? 211
18 The Populist Revolt 224
19 The Fading Frontier 237
20 Emerging Awareness: Cultural Expressions 250
21 Nebraska Politics and Progressivism 262
22 Nebraska and World War I 278
23 The 1920s: Adapting to Change 289
24 The Great Depression 304
25 Relief, Recovery, and War 317
26 Legacies of the Depression 335
27 Postwar Prosperity 349
28 Into the Second Century: New Realities 361
29 The 1970s: Holding the Line 373
30 The Politics of Recession: The 1980s and Beyond 385
App. I Officials of the Territory of Nebraska, 1854-1867 401
App. II Governors of the State of Nebraska 403
App. III Rainfall in Nebraska, by Division, 1865-1993 405
App. IV Agricultural Statistics 407
App. V Nebraska Farm Marketings and Government Payments 425
Notes 429
Suggestions for Further Reading 445
Index 481
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  • Posted April 4, 2012

    Still a Great Resource

    This book is somewhat timeless but since it has not been updated since 1997 it does need to be supplemented for students of history who need recent information on Nebraska. It is refreshing, however, to find an author and publisher that doesn't see the need to churn out a 'new' edition every two or three years. History does change in interpretation and new discoveries that add to prior knowledge, but since this book is used as a text for history classrooms I found it nice to be able to find a quality used edition that didn't cost me a fortune.

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