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Nebraska Moments

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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Table of Contents

Introduction Timeline 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 1868 10 The Union Pacific Railroad 11 The Murder of Crazy Horse at Fort Robinson 12 The Trial of Standing Bear 13 Buffalo Bill Cody and the Wild West Show 14 The Great Nebraska Migration 15 J. Sterling Morton and Arbor Day 16 The Blizzard of `88 17 William Jennings Bryan and Agrarian Protest 18 The Rise of Omaha 19 Charles E. Bessey and the Nebraska National Forest 20 General John J. Pershing and World War I 21 Fr. Edward Flanagan, the Abbott Sisters, and Nebraska's Children 22 The Influenza Epidemic of 1918 and Nebraska's Doctors 23 Meyer v. Nebraska (1923) 24 Willa Cather and her Pulitzer Prize 25 The Nebraska State Capitol, Great Plains Icon 26 Nebraska's Would-be Vice Presidents 27 The Pound Family 28 Nebraska's Literary Renaissance 29 George W. Norris and the Unicameral 30 The Nebraska Home Front and World War II 31 Nebraska's Visual Feast 32 Nebraska's Scientists 33 Offutt Air Force Base 34 The Ogallala Aquifer 35 Leaders in the Making: Omaha's Gerald Ford and Malcolm X 36 Becoming Madame Governor 37 The University of Nebraska Football Champions 38 The Murder of Brandon Teena 39 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

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