Nebraska: An Illustrated History, Second Edition / Edition 2

Nebraska: An Illustrated History, Second Edition / Edition 2

by Frederick C. Luebke
     
 


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… See more details below

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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.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780803280427
Publisher:
University of Nebraska Press
Publication date:
06/28/2005
Series:
Great Plains Photography Series
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
416
Sales rank:
718,853
Product dimensions:
7.92(w) x 8.98(h) x 0.92(d)

Table of Contents

List of Illustrations
Preface and Acknowledgments
Introduction: The Place and the People1
Pt. 1Before Statehood: A Place on the Way to Somewhere Else7
1The First Nebraskans11
2The Fur Trade in Nebraska17
3Exploration on the Plains: Soldiers, Scientists, and Artists22
4Fort Atkinson: Army Outpost on the Missouri27
5Steamboats on the Missouri30
6The Overlanders36
7The Creation of Nebraska Territory42
8Nebraska's Founders: Speculators and Politicians48
9The Territorial Economy54
10Building the Transcontinental Railroad59
11Getting Land: The Farmers' Frontier66
12Nebraska in the Civil War70
Pt. 2A Fledgling State: Nebraska's First Quarter Century77
13A Capital Controversy81
14A Network of Rails88
15Towns on the Plains93
16Hard Times in the 1870s102
17Beef Bonanza: The Range Cattle Industry106
18The Boom before the Bust113
19Farming on the Plains: The Role of Technology117
20Log Cabins and Sod Houses123
21Making a Home on the Nebraska Frontier130
22A Flood of European Immigrants136
23Strangers in Their Own Land142
24Forts and Soldiers on the Nebraska Frontier151
25African Americans in Nineteenth-Century Nebraska157
26The Little School House on the Prairie164
27When Higher Education Was Lower171
28Churches and Politics in 1890178
29Nebraska Politics, Nineteenth-Century Style185
Pt. 3The Emergence of Modern Nebraska, 1890-1930191
30Facing Environmental Realities195
31The Populist Response to Hard Times204
32The Emergence of Omaha as Nebraska's Metropolis210
33Lincoln as the Athens of the Plains218
34The Progressive Movement in Nebraska225
35Political Giants: Bryan and Norris231
36World War I in Nebraska237
37Race Riot in Omaha, 1919245
38The Legacy of Samuel McKelvie250
39Nebraskans Build a Monumental Capitol, 1920-1934254
40Back Home on the Farm in the 1920s259
41The Big Change: The 1920s as Transition267
Pt. 4Drought, Depression, War, and Recovery, 1930-1970275
42The Dirty Thirties: Drought and Depression279
43The Unicameral: Nebraska's Unique Legislature288
44Public Power Comes to Nebraska292
45World War II in Nebraska298
46From Fort Crook to Strategic Air Command Headquarters307
47Higher Education in the Postwar Decades, 1945-1970313
48Nebraska Agriculture in the Postwar World318
49Interstate 80323
50The Tiemann Legacy328
51African-American Unrest in Omaha333
Pt. 5Change in Contemporary Nebraska, 1970-1995339
52Agriculture in Contemporary Nebraska343
53Nebraska's Changing Economy349
54Changes in Nebraska's Population353
55Education in a Technological Era357
56Minorities in Contemporary Nebraska362
57Two Decades of Politics, 1970-1990367
58The Quality of Life in Nebraska373
Readings in Nebraska History379
Index383

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