List of Illustrations
A Note on Terminology
1. Revisiting the Past
Everyday Life on the Eve of Modernity
Pioneer Lincoln, 1867–89
2. Electronic and Transportation Revolutions
A Decade of Inventions
World Fairs: “No Greater Sensation Than . . . Electricity”
From the Omnibus to Electric Streetcars: “The Welcome Stranger”
Interlude: The Brief but Spectacular Popularity of Bicycles
Here Comes the “Devil Wagon”!
3. The Athens of the West
Public School Education in Nebraska: Compulsory in Theory
Beyond the Struggle to Survive: The University of Nebraska
The Denominational Schools: Nebraska Wesleyan, Union College, Cotner College
4. The New Woman
New Jobs for the New Woman: “An Unwomanly Desire”?
Turn-of-the-Century Fashions and Sports for Women
Downsizing and Modernizing: New Houses, Kitchens, and Bathrooms
5. Feminine Reformers
The Revolt against the “Two Spheres” Ideal
Cigarettes: “A Plain Case of Self-Destruction”
Saloons and Prohibition: “The Vanguard of Progress”?
Women For and Against Suffrage: “Masculine Womanhood”?
6. Amusements for All
The Increase in Leisure Time
Highbrow Entertainment: Opera, Opera Houses, and Theaters
Respectable Entertainment: The Chautauqua Movement
Risqué Entertainment: Vaudeville and Silent Movies
Dancing: “A Moral Graveyard”?
Vacations by Rail, Amusement Parks, and Circuses
The State Fair and Buffalo Bill’s Wild West Show
7. College Football: Birth Pains and Reforms
School Spirit and a Controversial New Sport
A Game “Fit for Savages”?
Changing the Rules: “An Outdoor Game of Basketball”?
From “Bugeaters” to “Cornhuskers”
From Obscurity to Fame: Bummy Booth and the Stiehm Rollers
The “Secrets” of Success
8. Minorities and Immigrants
Lincoln’s Black People: “Ambitious Improvement, Not Yet Realized”
Volga Germans: “Thrifty and Independent”
9. World War, “Aggressive Patriotism,” and the Spanish Flu
The “Great War” and “Scientific” Propaganda
Profiles in Courage: Bryan and Norris
Ethnically Cleansing German Culture: “America Does Not Want You”
The Campaign against Foreign Languages
“A Strong Aggressive War Spirit”
The Spanish Flu: “Not an Unusual Epidemic”?
10. Reaction, Prosperity, and Depression
Ending War and Making Peace
The League of Nations “Menace” and the Conservative Reaction
The Roaring Twenties
The Declining Interest in Reforms
11. Enduring Gains and Disappointing Setbacks