Nebraska Moments

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  • Edition: Revised
  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2007-12-01
  • Publisher: Univ of Nebraska Pr
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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.

Author Biography

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.

Table of Contents

List of Illustrationsp. vii
List of Mapsp. x
Timeline of Nebraska Momentsp. xi
Prefacep. xv
The Villasur Expeditionp. 1
Old Bellevuep. 9
The Oregon Trailp. 15
The Kansas-Nebraska Actp. 23
The Pony Expressp. 30
Daniel Freeman and Homesteadingp. 37
Nebraska Statehood and Its First Governorp. 47
The Fight for the Capitalp. 55
Red Cloud and the Fort Laramie Treaty of 1868p. 63
The Union Pacific Railroadp. 73
The Murder of Crazy Horse at Fort Robinsonp. 81
The Trial of Standing Bearp. 92
"Buffalo Bill" Cody and the Wild West Showp. 102
The Great Nebraska Migrationp. 110
J. Sterling Morton and Arbor Dayp. 121
The Blizzard of '88p. 129
William Jennings Bryan and Agrarian Protestp. 135
The Rise of Omahap. 145
Charles E. Bessey and the Nebraska National Forestp. 154
Gen. John J. Pershing and World War Ip. 160
Fr. Edward Flanagan, the Abbott Sisters, and Nebraska's Childrenp. 171
The Influenza Epidemic of 1918 and Nebraska's Doctorsp. 182
Meyer v. Nebraska (1923)p. 192
Willa Cather and Her Pulitzer Prizep. 204
The Nebraska State Capitol, Great Plains Iconp. 213
Nebraska's Would-be Vice Presidentsp. 221
The Pound Familyp. 234
Nebraska's Literary Renaissancep. 148
George W. Norris and the Unicameralp. 261
The Nebraska Home Front and World War IIp. 271
Nebraska's Visual Feastp. 280
Nebraska's Scientistsp. 290
Offutt Air Force Basep. 301
The Ogallala Aquiferp. 308
Omaha's Gerald Ford and Malcolm Xp. 317
Becoming Madam Governorp. 331
The University of Nebraska Football Championsp. 342
The Murder of Brandon Teenap. 358
The Kearney Archp. 370
Indexp. 381
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