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        Nebraska History Moments in Social Studies: History

        Nebraska fun facts that are historical, art related, science and literature based. Falls under standards for Social Studies, Science, Fine Arts and Language Arts.

        Nebraska History Moment: Japanese Nebraskans

        First generation Japanese who immigrated to North America are known as issei. Numerous issei came to Nebraska as railroad laborers in the late 19th century. After completing their contracts, many issei stayed to work for farmers and meat packers, and some later opened businesses and owned farms.

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        Nebraska History Moment: The Mammoth

        In 1967, mammoths became the state fossil, and in 1998 a life-size bronze statue of Archie was installed on the plaza outside Morrill Hall on the University of Nebraska-Lincoln’s city campus—marking the site of Archie's final resting place.

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        Nebraska History Moment: William Jennings Bryan

        How a Nebraska lawyer ran for President three times, to where he ended up at the end of his career.

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        Nebraska History Moment: Nebraska's Unicameral Legislature

        Today, Nebraska is the only state with a unicameral legislature, but it wasn't always that way. Early in the country's history Pennsylvania, Georgia, and Vermont had unicameral legislatures, but by 1836 they had all dissolved.

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        Nebraska History Moment: The 1986 Gubernatorial Race

        In 1986, two women vied for Nebraska's Gubernatorial seat for the first time in U.S. history. Governor Kay Orr beat challenger Helen Boosalis to become the first Republican woman governor in the country, and to date, Nebraska's only woman governor.

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        Nebraska History Moment: Malcolm X

        Malcolm X was born Malcolm Little in North Omaha on May 19, 1925. After a pilgrimage to Mecca in 1964, he became a staunch advocate for peace, justice, and brotherhood. His teachings live on today. The Malcolm X Memorial Foundation in Omaha commemorates his life's work and birthplace.

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        Nebraska History Moment: Chief Red Cloud

        Red Cloud (1822-1909) was one of the most important leaders of the Oglala Lakota, and one of the most capable Native American opponents the U.S. Army faced during the Indian Wars. After signing the Treaty of Fort Laramie in 1868, Red Cloud also led his people in the transition to reservation life.

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        Nebraska History Moment: WWII POW Camps

        During WWII, thousands of Axis POWs were held throughout Nebraska in base camps including Fort Robinson, Camp Scottsbluff and Camp Atlanta. Many Nebraskans did not view the POWs as evil. While their stay was not entirely free from conflict, many former captives returned to Nebraska after the war.

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        Nebraska History Moment: Sports - Sayers/Gibson/Briscoe

        Nebraska is known for producing great athletes, but three Omahans sealed their place in history as trailblazers: Bob Gibson, Marlin Briscoe, and Gale Sayers.

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        Nebraska History Moment: Chief Standing Bear

        Standing Bear (c. 1829-1908) was the leader of the Ponca Tribe of Nebraska who successfully argued in U.S. District Court in Omaha that Native Americans are "persons within the meaning of the law" and have the right to a fair and just trial.

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