Nebraska: An Illustrated History / Edition 1

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This work contains fifty-eight short topical chapters on Nebraska history that, when united with the images in this rich gallery of illustrations, present a unique history of the state. 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 result is a work that every Nebraskan will want to have, read, and enjoy. Familiar illustrations are accompanied by richly detailed explanations of their significance; many others, never published before, cast new light on aspects of our state history. These include the culture of Nebraska’s Native Americans, the building of the transcontinental railroad, the hardship endured by European immigrants, and the contribution of African Americans to the state.
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Editorial Reviews

Nebraska Magazine

"A treasure trove of images, many never before published, casts new light on many aspects of Nebraska’s history. . . . 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."—Nebraska Magazine
Nebraska Magazine

"A treasure trove of images, many never before published, casts new light on many aspects of Nebraska’s history. . . . 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."—Nebraska Magazine

Great Plains Quarterly

"An important contribution to our understanding of Nebraska history."—Great Plains Quarterly

Lincoln Journal Star

"Beware. The first taste of Nebraska history will almost inevitably lead you to larger and larger meals. The history is abundant, varied, exciting, and unique. And Luebke’s book is the perfect appetizer."—Lincoln Journal Star

Nebraska Life

“If you know little about Nebraska’s past and want an engaging introduction, start with this book.”—Nebraska Life

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780803229020
  • Publisher: University of Nebraska Press
  • Publication date: 10/28/1995
  • Series: Great Plains Photography Series
  • Edition description: Older Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 407
  • Product dimensions: 8.38 (w) x 9.34 (h) x 1.18 (d)

Meet the Author


Frederick C. Luebke is Charles J. Mach Distinguished Professor Emeritus in the department of history at the University of Nebraska–Lincoln. He is the author or editor of many books and articles on Nebraska, the Great Plains, and immigration history. His works 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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Table of Contents

List of Illustrations
Preface and Acknowledgments
Introduction: The Place and the People 1
Pt. 1 Before Statehood: A Place on the Way to Somewhere Else 7
1 The First Nebraskans 11
2 The Fur Trade in Nebraska 17
3 Exploration on the Plains: Soldiers, Scientists, and Artists 22
4 Fort Atkinson: Army Outpost on the Missouri 27
5 Steamboats on the Missouri 30
6 The Overlanders 36
7 The Creation of Nebraska Territory 42
8 Nebraska's Founders: Speculators and Politicians 48
9 The Territorial Economy 54
10 Building the Transcontinental Railroad 59
11 Getting Land: The Farmers' Frontier 66
12 Nebraska in the Civil War 70
Pt. 2 A Fledgling State: Nebraska's First Quarter Century 77
13 A Capital Controversy 81
14 A Network of Rails 88
15 Towns on the Plains 93
16 Hard Times in the 1870s 102
17 Beef Bonanza: The Range Cattle Industry 106
18 The Boom before the Bust 113
19 Farming on the Plains: The Role of Technology 117
20 Log Cabins and Sod Houses 123
21 Making a Home on the Nebraska Frontier 130
22 A Flood of European Immigrants 136
23 Strangers in Their Own Land 142
24 Forts and Soldiers on the Nebraska Frontier 151
25 African Americans in Nineteenth-Century Nebraska 157
26 The Little School House on the Prairie 164
27 When Higher Education Was Lower 171
28 Churches and Politics in 1890 178
29 Nebraska Politics, Nineteenth-Century Style 185
Pt. 3 The Emergence of Modern Nebraska, 1890-1930 191
30 Facing Environmental Realities 195
31 The Populist Response to Hard Times 204
32 The Emergence of Omaha as Nebraska's Metropolis 210
33 Lincoln as the Athens of the Plains 218
34 The Progressive Movement in Nebraska 225
35 Political Giants: Bryan and Norris 231
36 World War I in Nebraska 237
37 Race Riot in Omaha, 1919 245
38 The Legacy of Samuel McKelvie 250
39 Nebraskans Build a Monumental Capitol, 1920-1934 254
40 Back Home on the Farm in the 1920s 259
41 The Big Change: The 1920s as Transition 267
Pt. 4 Drought, Depression, War, and Recovery, 1930-1970 275
42 The Dirty Thirties: Drought and Depression 279
43 The Unicameral: Nebraska's Unique Legislature 288
44 Public Power Comes to Nebraska 292
45 World War II in Nebraska 298
46 From Fort Crook to Strategic Air Command Headquarters 307
47 Higher Education in the Postwar Decades, 1945-1970 313
48 Nebraska Agriculture in the Postwar World 318
49 Interstate 80 323
50 The Tiemann Legacy 328
51 African-American Unrest in Omaha 333
Pt. 5 Change in Contemporary Nebraska, 1970-1995 339
52 Agriculture in Contemporary Nebraska 343
53 Nebraska's Changing Economy 349
54 Changes in Nebraska's Population 353
55 Education in a Technological Era 357
56 Minorities in Contemporary Nebraska 362
57 Two Decades of Politics, 1970-1990 367
58 The Quality of Life in Nebraska 373
Readings in Nebraska History 379
Index 383
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