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‘I Don’t Know What We’d Have Done Without the Indians’: Non-Indian and Lakota Racial Relationships in Box Butte County’s Potato Industry, 1917-1960

 A labor shortage during World War I left western Nebraska potato farmers facing the loss of their crop. They brought in Lakota (Sioux) Indians as harvesters, ...

Letters from Home: Prisoner of War Mail at the Fort Robinson Camp during World War II

A 1943 envelope illustrates the long and complicated process of sending and receiving mail between Nazi Germany and the Fort Robinson Prisoner of War Camp in ...

Nebraska Football and Michael Oriard’s Bowled Over: A Review Essay

Oriard’s 2010 book examines the effects of politics and social change on big-time college football during the past fifty years. Our reviewer investigates the issues of ...

“Equality Before the Law”: Thoughts on the Origin of Nebraska’s State Motto

“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 ...

History Nebraska Transfers Willa Cather State Historic Site to the Willa Cather Foundation

Big news! We are transferring ownership of the Willa Cather State Historic Site and supporting collections to The Willa Cather Foundation. By completing this transfer, ...

Nebraska’s Changing Auto Culture, 1900-1930

As automobile ownership and travel became more widespread after 1900 (and particularly after the dedication of the Lincoln Highway in October of 1913), the rural and ...

Nebraska’s Women Photographers

Most research on Nebraska photographers has concentrated upon well-known figures such as William Henry Jackson, Frank A. Rinehart, Solomon D. Butcher, and Louis ...

Photographing Across the Plains: Charles R Savage in 1866

The only known photographs of overland emigrants crossing Nebraska, in possession of the Nebraska State Historical Society, were taken by Charles R Savage. Savage is ...

The Omaha Business Men’s Association and the Open Shop, 1903-1909

Socially prominent local businessmen led the anti-union movement in Omaha in the early twentieth century. Many unions survived, but the open shop principle promoted by ...

The Governor and the Guard in the Omaha Tram Strike of 1935

At the height of violence in the Omaha streetcar strike of 1935 Nebraska's new governor, Robert Leroy ("Roy") Cochran, called out the National Guard and declared martial ...

Faces of the First Nebraskans

The 1987 Nebraska State Historical Society exhibit, “The First Nebraskans,” traced Nebraska’s Indian past from its beginnings 12,000 years ago to the twentieth century. ...

Psychology at the University of Nebraska, 1889-1930

The University of Nebraska produced numerous prominent psychologists, despite being a state whose population statistics should not merit such a number. This article ...

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