THE HISTORY OF NEBRASKA

CONTENTS

CHAPTER I

1

Natural Conditions -- Geology -- Archaeology -- Climatic Conditions -- Vegetation -- Fauna.

CHAPTER II

24

Aboriginal Occupants -- Spanish and French Explorers -- American Expeditions -- Fur Trade -- First Settlements -- Early Traders -- Authentic Explorations.

CHAPTER III

62

Early Travel and Transportation -- The Overland Stage -- Pony Express -- River Navigation -- First Railroad and Telegraph.

CHAPTER IV

98

The Louisiana Purchase.

CHAPTER V

112

The Missouri Compromise --The Second Compromise -- Stephen A. Douglas -- The Richardson Bill -- The Dodge Bill -- The Kansas-Nebraska Bill -- Provisional Government -- Division of Nebraska -- Estimate of Douglas -- Proposed Boundaries -- Suffrage Qualifications.

CHAPTER VI

138

The Mormons in Nebraska.

CHAPTER VII

143

The First Governor -- Rival Towns -- Organization -- Election Precincts -- First Capital Controversy -- First Election.

CHAPTER VIII

171

First Legislature -- Administration of Governor Izard -- Location of the Capital -- Laws of the First Session -- United States Surveys -- Claim Clubs -- Incorporation Laws -- Nebraska's Peculiarity -- First Independence Day -- Judicial Organization.

CHAPTER IX

201

The Second Legislature -- Second Congressional Campaign -- Political Conditions.

CHAPTER X

223

The Third Legislature -- The Third Congressional Campaign -- Richardson Succeeds Izard -- The Fourth Legislature -- Florence Session -- Death of Governor Cuming.

CHAPTER XI

253

First Political Conventions -- Postponement of Land Sales -- Fifth Legislature -- Resignation of Governor Richardson.




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CHAPTER XII

273

Land Sales -- Half -Breed Tract -- United States Surveys -- Appointment of Governor Black -- First Territorial Fair -- Chapman-Ferguson Contest -- Annexation to Kansas.

CHAPTER XIII

287

The Territory under Party Organization -- The First Party Campaigns -- Daily-Estabrook Contest -- Sixth Legislature.

CHAPTER XIV

297

Political Conventions -- Congressional Campaigns of 1860-1862 -- Seventh Legislature -- Morton-Daily Contest -- Departure of Governor Black -- Appointment of Governor Saunders -- Military Affairs -- Eighth Legislature.

CHAPTER XV

329

Ninth Legislature -- Constitutional Convention, 1864 -- Political Conventions, 1864 -- Tenth Legislature -- Reappointment of Governor Saunders -- Politics in 1865 -- Eleventh Legislature -- The First State Constitution.

CHAPTER XVI

359

Politics in 1866 -- Rock Bluffs Contest -- Johnson and Anti-Johnson Factions -- Struggle Over Statehood -- Election of First State Officers -- Twelfth and Last Territorial Legislature -- The Negro Suffrage Condition in Congress, and in the First State Legislature.

CHAPTER XVII

394

Territorial Military History.

CHAPTER XVIII

420

Territorial Products.

CHAPTER XIX

433

Territorial Press.

CHAPTER XX

449

Slavery in Nebraska.

CHAPTER XXI

465

The Pioneer Railway of Nebraska.

CHAPTER XXII

492

Schools, Colleges, and Universities.

CHAPTER XXIII

526

Organizing the State Government -- Removal of the Capital -- Establishing Lincoln.

CHAPTER XXIV

533

Starting the State -- Scandals in the State Government -- Senator Tipton Reëlected -- Governor Butler's Third Election -- Hitchcock United States Senator -- Impeachment Proceedings.

CHAPTER XXV

543

Anarchy in the Legislature -- Sessions of 1871-1872 -- Lunatic Asylum Burned -- Constittional Convention of 1871.




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CHAPTER XXVI

552

A special Session Fiasco -- The Tennant Case -- Right of a Negro to be a Juryman -- Validity of Admission to Statehood -- Political Disruption of 1872 -- The Furnas Libel Suit -- the Kennard Claims -- State Finance -- Retirement of Tipton and Election of Paddock for United States Senator -- Final Defeat of Thayer -- Capital Removal -- Legislature of 1875.

CHAPTER XXVII

578

Constitutional Convention, 1875 -- Constitutions Compared -- Elections of 1875 -- Rise of Van Wyck -- Politics of 1876.

CHAPTER XXVIII

587

Blunders in Procedure -- Defeat of Hitchcock for Senator -- The Legislature of 1877 -- Capital Removal -- Increase in Population -- Legislation and Politics, 1877-1883 -- Omaha Labor Riot of 1882.

CHAPTER XXIX

603

Political History, 1882-1890 -- The Period of Mainly Unsuccessful Attempts to Procure Reform Legislation Culminating in the Populist Revolution -- First Railroad Commission -- Three Cent Passenger Rate.

CHAPTER XXX

615

The Populist Revolution -- The Strangled State Election Contest of 1890-1891 -- Defeat of the Prohibition Amendment -- Political Conventions and Elections, 1890-1892 -- Legislatures of 1891 and 1893 -- Election of Wm. V. Allen, Populist, for United States Senator -- Impeachment of State Officers.

CHAPTER XXXI

634

The Populist Probation -- Return of the Republican Prodigal -- His Conversion to Populism -- A Period of Party Rotation.

CHAPTER XXXII

651

Material Growth and Resources -- Agriculture -- Commerce -- Manufacture --The Grasshopper Plague -- Drouths -- Farmers' Organizations -- Trans-Mississippi Exposition.

CHAPTER XXXIII

677

History of Railroad Construction -- Final Indian Hostilities -- Nebraska in the War with Spain -- The Supreme Court of Nebraska.

CHAPTER XXXIV

703

The Baptist Denomination in Nebraska -- Catholic Church in Omaha and Nebraska -- South Platte Catholicism and the Lincoln Diocese -- Churches of Christ (Disciples) -- Presbyterian Church -- United Brethren Church -- Reformed Church In the United States -- United Presbyterian Church -- United Danish Evangelican Lutheran Church of America -- Lutheran Church -- Episcopal Church -- Evangelical Lutheran Synod of Missouri, Ohio, and. Other States -- Seventh Day Adventists -- German Methodist Episcopal Church -- Methodist Episcopal Church among the Swedish People of Nebraska -- Evangelical Lutheran Synod of Nebraska -- Methodist Episcopal Church -- Congregational Church.

CHAPTER XXXV

830

Greater Omaha -- Christian Science in Nebraska -- Ak-Sar-Ben of Omaha -- Development of the Potash Industry.

CHAPTER XXXVI

843

The Semi-Centennial Celebration -- The World War.




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