African Americans in Nebraska—special issue of Nebraska History 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 Stores before the remaining printed copies sell out (there are still a small number left as of this writing). The other is to print them yourself—about 100 pages if you print them all. The files are formatted for standard-sized printer paper, and you have our permission to print them for personal or classroom use (see this page for other permissions to re-use History Nebraska materials).

Of course, those of you who are History Nebraska members already received this issue in your mailbox when it came out.

Here’s what’s inside:


Introduction · David L. Bristow

“Equality Before the Law”: Thoughts on the Origin of Nebraska’s State Motto · James E. Potter

Always on My Mind: Frederick Douglass’s Nebraska Sister · Tekla Ali Johnson, John R. Wunder, and Abigail B. Anderson

“A Double Mixture”: Equality and Economy in the Integration of Nebraska Schools, 1858-1883 · David J. Peavler Trowbridge

Lest We Forget: The Lynching of Will Brown, Omaha’s 1919 Race Riot · Orville D. Menard

The New Negro Movement in Lincoln, Nebraska · Jennifer Hildebrand

Mildred Brown and the De Porres Club: Collective Activism in Omaha, Nebraska’s Near North Side, 1947-1960 · Amy Helene Forss

Postscript: Mocking the Klan · Deb Arenz

—David Bristow, Associate Director for Research & Publications

(Updated 8/10/23)

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