Cover

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Title Page, Copyright

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Contents

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pp. v-vi

List of Figures

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pp. vii-x

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Acknowledgments

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pp. xi-xii

This project’s origins trace to two sources. First, J. Clark Archer, Fred M. Shelley, and the late Stephen J. Lavin published the Atlas of the Great Plains in 2011. As a project of the Center for Great Plains Studies and published by the University of Nebraska Press, this beautiful book provides a highly successful model for how to convey fascinating and useful information through the prism of maps. ...

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Introduction

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pp. xiii-xxii

This Atlas of Nebraska makes available a vast amount of information—geographic, social, political, economic, physiographic, historical, climatological, agricultural, and more—in the form of maps. In doing so it both continues a long tradition of mapmaking and breaks new ground, using the unprecedented technological advances of the last few decades in storing and analyzing data. ...

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1. Physical and Biological Environment

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pp. 1-32

This chapter provides a broad overview of the key features of the physical and biological environment of Nebraska. The major sections focus on the climate, geology, soils, water resources, and some of the key characteristics of the ecology of the state. Maps, graphs, and photos illustrate the significant diversity of the state’s physical and biological natural resources. ...

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2. History

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pp. 33-68

The geographic space that is now Nebraska has been inhabited for at least twelve thousand years. For most of that time the area was populated sparsely by hunters and gatherers. Early Indian farmers first came onto the scene one thousand years ago. By comparison, Europeans and Americans were relative latecomers. ...

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3. Population

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pp. 69-102

Throughout its history, Nebraska has witnessed many changes in its population, including changes in the location, density, urbanization, and ethnic composition of its people. The maps in this chapter illustrate historical and contemporary aspects of Nebraska’s ever-evolving population. ...

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4. Agriculture

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pp. 103-146

Throughout its history, Nebraska has been recognized as a primarily agricultural state. Farms and ranches continue to dominate Nebraska’s landscape, although in recent years the number of people employed in agriculture and the value of agricultural products relative to the rest of Nebraska’s economy have declined. Nevertheless, Nebraska remains among the most agricultural states in the country. ...

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5. Urban and Economic Patterns

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pp. 147-178

Although Nebraska remains one of the most agricultural states in the United States, its economy today has become far more diversified. As is the case elsewhere throughout the United States, today a large majority of Nebraska’s people live in urban places. Indeed, the history of the twentieth and early twenty-first centuries in Nebraska is one of urbanization and economic diversification. ...

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6. Culture, Services, and Politics

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pp. 179-204

Maps showing the distributions of various cultural and social service activities also help to shed light on Nebraska’s geography. This chapter contains maps showing the distributions of adherents to various religious denominations, hospitals and medical services, educational services and educational attainment, crime, historical sites, and the outcomes of selected presidential elections and state constitutional referenda. ...

Bibliography

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pp. 205-214