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Nebraska Moments

By Donald R. Hickey, Susan A. Wunder, John R. Wunder

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Format: Paperback, 403 pages
Other Information: Illustrated
Published In: United States, 01 December 2007
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.

Table of Contents

IntroductionTimeline 1 The Villasur Expedition 2 Old Bellevue 3 The Oregon Trail 4 The Kansas-Nebraska Act 5 The Pony Express 6 Daniel Freeman and Homesteading 7 Nebraska statehood and the First Governor 8 The Fight for the Capital 9 Red Cloud and the Fort Laramie Treaty of 186810 The Union Pacific Railroad11 The Murder of Crazy Horse at Fort Robinson12 The Trial of Standing Bear13 Buffalo Bill Cody and the Wild West Show14 The Great Nebraska Migration15 J. Sterling Morton and Arbor Day16 The Blizzard of `8817 William Jennings Bryan and Agrarian Protest18 The Rise of Omaha19 Charles E. Bessey and the Nebraska National Forest20 General John J. Pershing and World War I21 Fr. Edward Flanagan, the Abbott Sisters, and Nebraska's Children22 The Influenza Epidemic of 1918 and Nebraska's Doctors23 Meyer v. Nebraska (1923)24 Willa Cather and her Pulitzer Prize25 The Nebraska State Capitol, Great Plains Icon26 Nebraska's Would-be Vice Presidents27 The Pound Family28 Nebraska's Literary Renaissance29 George W. Norris and the Unicameral30 The Nebraska Home Front and World War II31 Nebraska's Visual Feast32 Nebraska's Scientists33 Offutt Air Force Base34 The Ogallala Aquifer35 Leaders in the Making: Omaha's Gerald Ford and Malcolm X36 Becoming Madame Governor37 The University of Nebraska Football Champions38 The Murder of Brandon Teena39 The Kearney Arch

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Classic account of defining Nebraska moments

About 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.


"This is a fun way to soak up local history."-Carol Bicak, Omaha World-Herald -- Carol Bicak * Omaha World-Herald * "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 -- Jane Renner Hood "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 -- Miguel A. Carranza "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 -- Harl A. Dalstrom

EAN: 9780803260399
ISBN: 0803260393
Publisher: Bison Books
Dimensions: 22.76 x 16.05 x 2.29 centimetres (0.56 kg)
Age Range: 15+ years
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