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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: The Nebraska Territory

        The Kansas-Nebraska Act created a territory that stretched all the way north from the southern boundary of present-day Nebraska to include all of the remaining lands of the Louisiana Purchase. Nebraska got approval from Congress to become a state, but not without a fight.

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        Nebraska History Moment: The Louisiana Purchase

        Nebraska's role in the Louisiana Purchase. Thirteen states were carved from the Louisiana Territory. The Louisiana Purchase nearly doubled the size of the United States, making it one of the largest nations in the world.

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        Nebraska History Moment: The Kansas-Nebraska Act

        Originally known as "A Bill to create the Nebraska and Kansas territories," the Nebraska-Kansas Act of 1854 was introduced to create the territories of Nebraska and Kansas. The Act allowed people in the territories of Nebraska and Kansas to decide for themselves whether or not to allow slavery.

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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: Nebraska's Hall of Fame

        The Nebraska Hall of Fame was established in 1961, with the induction of George Norris, as a way to officially recognize prominent Nebraskans.

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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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