Nebraska Moments, New Edition / Edition 2

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Overview


Nebraska author Mari Sandoz remarked that most people see Nebraska as “that long flat state that sets between me and any place I want to go.” If so, they’re missing plenty, as this entertaining volume makes abundantly clear. Susan A. Wunder and John R. Wunder’s new, expanded, and updated edition of Donald R. Hickey’s classic account of defining Nebraska moments showcases triumph, tragedy, comedy, and accomplishments that could have happened nowhere else and that reveal the rich culture and history under the state’s deceptively quiet surface.
 
There are moments that shine—surviving the Oregon and Mormon trails; completing the Union Pacific Railroad; and winning national football championships, Nobel and Pulitzer prizes, and presidential nominations. There are also moments of darkness such as the murders of Crazy Horse, Malcolm X, and Brandon Teena; the lynchings of Will Brown and Juan Gonzalez; and the Blizzard of 1888. Together they evoke a dramatic history populated with the likes of Pedro Villasur, Willa Cather, and William Jennings Bryan. This new edition also mines Nebraska’s most recent history, adding to the ever-changing, ever-intriguing picture of this Great Plains state.
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Editorial Reviews

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The first revised edition of Nebraska Moments since 1996 contains over 500 pages from the chronicles of this majestic Great Plains state. This book demonstrates that Nebraska is no mere long, flat transit; indeed, the Cornhusker State embodies the richness and diversity of American life.
Omaha World-Herald - Carol Bicak

"This is a fun way to soak up local history."—Carol Bicak, Omaha World-Herald
Harl A. Dalstrom

“Each chapter in Nebraska Moments opens with a facet of the state's past and gracefully broadens the horizon to reveal the timeless implications of the initial story. Here are the sagas of people of all backgrounds who over nearly three centuries have made Nebraska's history. Every state ought to have such a book!”—Harl A. Dalstrom, coauthor of Upstream Metropolis: An Urban Biography of Omaha and Council Bluffs
Miguel A. Carranza

“Reading Nebraska Moments gives one an accurate perception that the state has—and continues to reflect—a very diverse past, present, and future.”—Miguel A. Carranza, professor of sociology and ethnic studies, University of Nebraska–Lincoln
Jane Renner Hood

“This new edition of Nebraska Moments offers hours of reading pleasure about Nebraska’s rich and often quirky history. From ill-conceived military campaigns to English-language-only responses to immigrants to savvy political women, the Wunders remind us that today's newspaper headlines have their origins in our past.”—Jane Renner Hood, executive director, Nebraska Humanities Council
Harl A. Dalstrom

“Each chapter in Nebraska Moments opens with a facet of the state's past and gracefully broadens the horizon to reveal the timeless implications of the initial story. Here are the sagas of people of all backgrounds who over nearly three centuries have made Nebraska's history. Every state ought to have such a book!”

—Harl A. Dalstrom, coauthor of Upstream Metropolis: An Urban Biography of Omaha and Council Bluffs

Miguel A. Carranza

“Reading Nebraska Moments gives one an accurate perception that the state has—and continues to reflect—a very diverse past, present, and future.”

—Miguel A. Carranza, professor of sociology and ethnic studies, University of Nebraska–Lincoln

Jane Renner Hood

“This new edition of Nebraska Moments offers hours of reading pleasure about Nebraska’s rich and often quirky history. From ill-conceived military campaigns to English-language-only responses to immigrants to savvy political women, the Wunders remind us that today's newspaper headlines have their origins in our past.”

—Jane Renner Hood, executive director, Nebraska Humanities Council

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780803260399
  • Publisher: University of Nebraska Press
  • Publication date: 12/1/2007
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 428
  • Sales rank: 1,404,952
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author


Donald R. Hickey is a professor of history at Wayne State College. Susan A. Wunder is an associate professor of education at the University of Nebraska–Lincoln. John R. Wunder is a professor of history and journalism at the University of Nebraska–Lincoln.
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Table of Contents


List of Illustrations     vii
List of Maps     x
Timeline of Nebraska Moments     xi
Preface     xv
The Villasur Expedition     1
Old Bellevue     9
The Oregon Trail     15
The Kansas-Nebraska Act     23
The Pony Express     30
Daniel Freeman and Homesteading     37
Nebraska Statehood and Its First Governor     47
The Fight for the Capital     55
Red Cloud and the Fort Laramie Treaty of 1868     63
The Union Pacific Railroad     73
The Murder of Crazy Horse at Fort Robinson     81
The Trial of Standing Bear     92
"Buffalo Bill" Cody and the Wild West Show     102
The Great Nebraska Migration     110
J. Sterling Morton and Arbor Day     121
The Blizzard of '88     129
William Jennings Bryan and Agrarian Protest     135
The Rise of Omaha     145
Charles E. Bessey and the Nebraska National Forest     154
Gen. John J. Pershing and World War I     160
Fr. Edward Flanagan, the Abbott Sisters, and Nebraska's Children     171
The Influenza Epidemic of 1918 and Nebraska's Doctors     182
Meyer v. Nebraska (1923)     192
Willa Cather and Her Pulitzer Prize     204
The Nebraska State Capitol, Great Plains Icon     213
Nebraska's Would-be Vice Presidents     221
The Pound Family     234
Nebraska's Literary Renaissance     148
George W. Norris and the Unicameral     261
The Nebraska Home Front and World War II     271
Nebraska's Visual Feast     280
Nebraska's Scientists     290
Offutt Air Force Base     301
The Ogallala Aquifer     308
Omaha's Gerald Ford and Malcolm X     317
Becoming Madam Governor     331
The University of Nebraska Football Champions     342
The Murder of Brandon Teena     358
The Kearney Arch     370
Index     381
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