Title: A Brief History of Nebraska
Author: Ronald Naugle
Publisher: History Nebraska 2018
Genre: Nonfiction - History
Rating: 4/5 stars
Reading Challenges: Library Love
This book is a short treatment of a long history. Nebraska has been inundated by ancient seas, carved by glaciers, and settled by ancient cultures who learned to survive in a land prone to extremes of climate. As a state, Nebraska was born out of the Civil War, shaped by railroads, and built by immigrants. Settlers were drawn by promises of free land and abundant rain. They endured droughts and economic depressions. They fought for political reforms, fought world wars, and sometimes fought each other. Along the way Nebraskans chose a unique form of government and re-invented their communities under new conditions. A Brief History of Nebraska is a story of continual change, the back story of the place and people we know today.
I picked up this slim volume while looking for travel books for our summer road trip. Naugle packs a ton of information into a short amount of pages. The sections dealing with national history I already knew. I did appreciate learning more about my adopted state.
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