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African Americans in Nebraska—special issue of Nebraska History is now online

Due to the great demand for the Fall/Winter 2010 issue of Nebraska History, we have posted the entire issue on our website. If you’d rather read the articles on paper, you have two options. One is to contact our Landmark … Continue reading

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Equality Before the Law

“Equality Before the Law,” Nebraska’s state motto, is unique among the fifty states. Only Wyoming’s motto, “Equal Rights,” expresses a similar idea. Both mottos date from the post-Civil War years of the 1860s, and both relate to the granting of … Continue reading

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Why Bother with Nebraska History?

“Why should we bother with the history of Nebraska or any other state?” writes historian Frederick C. Luebke. “What makes its history distinctive or different, let us say, from that of Iowa or Kansas? A skeptic might well argue that … Continue reading

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One of Lincoln’s Final Acts

President Abraham Lincoln was shot on the evening of April 14 one hundred and forty-five years ago. He died early in the morning on the following day. Among the items found on his desk after his untimely demise was the … Continue reading

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The Day Nebraska Lost

On March 5, 1860, a majority of voters in Nebraska territory cast their ballots against statehood.  Many Nebraskans felt it was time for the territory to become a state, but even more feared statehood would result in higher taxes.

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