History of Nebraska

History of Nebraska

History of Nebraska

History of Nebraska

Synopsis

History of Nebraska was originally created to mark the territorial centennial of Nebraska, and revised to coincide with the statehood centennial. This one-volume history quickly became the standard text for the college student and reference for the general reader, unmatched for three generations. This third edition, which has been thoroughly revised and rewritten while preserving the spirit and intelligence of the original, affirms and extends that record. Incorporating the results of thirty years of scholarship and research, the third edition of History of Nebraska gives fuller attention to such topics as the Native American experience in Nebraska and the accomplishments and circumstances of the state's women and minorities. It also provides a historical analysis of the state's dramatic changes in the past thirty years.

Excerpt

It has indeed been a daunting task to undertake the revision of the History of Nebraska, first produced by James C. Olson in 1955. I hope that the vision that guided the first edition at a time when Nebraska had just celebrated its territorial centennial, as well as the second at the state's centennial twelve years later, is kept alive in this edition as Nebraska's 125th anniversary fades from memory. Jim's recognition of the need for a one-volume general survey of the history of Nebraska to serve both the college student and the general reader as a text and a reference has been affirmed enthusiastically by nearly three generations of readers; this edition strives to serve the needs of one more as the state's leaders grapple with challenges, both present and future.

Nebraska's history has attracted numerous scholars over the past thirty years, and, just as previous editions sought to synthesize the scholarship of their day, this edition also attempts to integrate and synthesize the scholarly contributions that illuminate the people, events, and issues important to an understanding of the state's present and past. It seeks also to celebrate the achievements of its entire citizenry with sensitivity to issues of gender, race, and ethnicity. Readers familiar with previous editions will find many of the same features with a modest reorganization and infusion of new material throughout the work. Readers will also find that the section, "Suggestions for Further Reading," so appreciated in previous editions, has been maintained and expanded. The scope and breadth of the narrative have been expanded and enhanced without sacrificing substance. Scholarly research is ongoing and much remains to be done to achieve a complete synthesis of Nebraska's past. Within the limitations of present research and my judgment, it is hoped that readers will find here an enlightening and valuable addition to their understanding and appreciation of the Nebraska spirit.

I owe a debt of gratitude to many colleagues and friends who assisted in the preparation of this edition. I count it a great honor and privilege to have become acquainted and to work with James Olson, and I appreciate his faith and trust that I could produce a new edition that remained true to his original vision. Jim and I met several times over the course of . . .

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