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The History of Nebraska Law
edited by Alan G. Gless
Ohio University Press, 2008
Cloth: 978-0-8214-1787-4 | eISBN: 978-0-8214-4250-0
Library of Congress Classification KFN78.H57 2008
Dewey Decimal Classification 349.782

In the aftermath of the Civil War, legislators in the Nebraska Territory grappled with the responsibility of forming a state government as well as with the larger issues of reconstructing the Union, protecting civil rights, and redefining federal-state relations. In the years that followed, Nebraskans coped with regional and national economic collapses. Nebraska women struggled for full recognition in the legal profession. Meyer v. Nebraska, a case involving a teacher in a one-room rural Nebraska schoolhouse, changed the course of American constitutional doctrine and remains one of the cornerstones of civil liberties law. And Roscoe Pound, a boy from Lincoln, went on to become one of the nation’s great legal philosophers.

Nebraska holds a prominent position in the field of Native American legal history, and the state’s original inhabitants have been at the center of many significant developments in federal Indian policy. Nebraska Indian legal history is replete with stories of failure and success, heartache and triumph, hardship and hope. These stories are more than a mere record of the past, of treaties broken or trials won — they are reminders of the ongoing and sometimes tense relations among the many peoples and nations that make up the heartland.

Much of Nebraska law reflects mainstream American law, yet Nebraskans also have been open to experiment and innovation. The state revamped the legislative process by establishing the nation’s only unicameral legislature and pioneered public employment collective bargaining and dispute resolution through its industrial relations commission and its relaxation of strict separation of powers. These seemingly contradictory trends, however, are but differing expressions of a single underlying principle inscribed in the state’s motto: “Equality Before the Law.”
Alan G. Gless, district court judge of the Fifth Judicial District of Nebraska, has published in Nebraska Law Review, Behavioral Science and Law, and the American Journal of Legal History.
    Table of Contents
    List of Illustrations	000
    Foreword	000
    Acknowledgments	000
    Introduction	000
    1. Frontier Framers: Constitution Making in Nineteenth-Century Nebraska	000
    Thomas H. Cox
    2. Nebraska's Criminal Codes	000
    Alan G. Gless
    3. The Legal and Judicial Career of Francis "Frank" Hamer: Pioneer Lawyer, District Court 
    Judge, and Nebraska Supreme Court Justice	000
    Mark R. Ellis
    4. Land Use Law and Livestock Production	000
    Anthony B. Schutz
    5. An Overview of Nebraska Water Law	000
    Alan G. Gless and Peter J. Longo
    6. Foreclosure Moratoria and Farm Credit Mediation: Nebraska's Legal Response to Two 
    Agricultural Crises	000
    J. David Aiken
    7. Nebraska's Unicameral Legislature	000
    James W. Hewitt
    8. Accidental Jurists: The Nebraska Commission of Industrial Relations	000
    John M. Gradwohl
    9. Pioneers in Interdisciplinary Legal Education: A History of the UNL Law and Psychology 
    Program	000
    Brian H. Bornstein, Richard L. Wiener, and Evelyn M. Maeder
    10. Nebraska Native American Legal History: An Overview	000
    Mark R. Scherer
    11. Standing Bear: A Long Walk for Liberty, A Firm Step for Justice	000
    Charles E. Wright
    12. Wounded Knee	000
    Tim A. Garrison and Warren K. Urbom
    13. The First Women of Nebraska Law	000
    Susan I. Strong
    14. Meyer v. Nebraska	000
    William G. Ross
    15. Roscoe Pound: Arguably Nebraska's Single Greatest Contribution to American Legal 
    History	000
    Richard E. Shugrue and Alan G. Gless
    List of Contributors	000
    Index	000

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