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Nebraska Moments Read...Discuss...Repeat!
November 2010 Selection: Nebraska Moments [2007 ed.]
By: Donald R. Hickey, Susan A. Wunder, John R. Wunder
Copyright: 2007


About the Book:

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.

Related Web sites: [The Nebraska State Historical Society]

Wikipedia entry on The History of Nebraska

Nebraska history on the History Channel web site

Nebraska history timeline at

The Nebraska History Museum site

If You Like Nebraska Moments, Try:

Susan and John Wunder Read From Their Book, Nebraska Moments
[an episode from the John H. Ames Reading Series]. 2008.

History of Nebraska
By: James C. Olson. [various editions].

Nebraska: A Guide to the Cornhusker State
By: The Federal Writers Project. 2005.

Able to Yutan: Nebraska's Pictorial History
By: Jerry Allen Jacobitz. 1994.

Nebraska: Off the Beaten Path
By: [various editors]. [various dates].

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