There aren't a lot of first-hand resources about Nebraska's black history. But photos from a black photographer named John Johnson are helping historians piece together the story of Lincoln's black community a hundred years ago.
Humanities Desk On Demand
March 20, 2015
How do you go from the top of your game to the bottom of the pile? That's what happened to author Dorothy Thomas--she was a big success, published in the New Yorker and a mentor to famed Nebraska author Loren Eiseley. But by the end of her life, Dorothy Thomas was used as an example of how not to... more››
April 24, 2015
Ervin Krause wrote dark stories about people in turmoil. Drawing on a life filled with hardship on the post-depression plains, Krause's stories were lessons of morality for unprincipled characters, so unprincipled that one of his stories triggered a censorship, the resignation of an editor, and a... more››
March 13, 2015
Long before actress Dianne Keaton made it fashionable for women to wear men's suits, poet Margaret Haughawout had hers tailor made. She never quite fit it. Born in 1874 in Fairmont, Nebraska, she was highly educated, never married, and taught poetry om Pittsburgh, Kansas. While the area was an... more››
April 10, 2015
Earl Guy wrote his first novel in a Minnesota prison. With his chair leaned against the wall of his cell and a pen and a notebook in hand, Guy told the story of a family struggling to keep afloat as the Mississippi River encroaches on their land.
March 6, 2015
As a Nebraska college student in the 1920s LaSelle Gilman told everyone who would listen that he planned to travel to exotic locales and write about his adventures. He achieved his ambition, but first this Minnesota-born writer spent two decades as a foreign correspondent in Shanghai. This radio... more››
April 17, 2015
Of all the hardships homesteaders faced on the prairie -- grasshoppers, drought, blizzards and fires -- one of the most humiliating was bedbugs. The story of homesteader Faye Cashatt Lewis begins with loneliness and maddening frustration, but it ends with her emancipation from the past.
March 27, 2015
What is there to envy about being black in American in the 1930s? The question is at the heart of "The Envied Ones," an essay by Bertram Lewis. Lewis was an author who fought for African-American literature to be valued for what it was, not what its white audience thought it should be.
February 8, 2015
Running your own business is hard, and it can be even harder if you're Latino in Nebraska, whether you were born here, like 60 percent of the state's Latino population, or immigrated here. Nebraska's Hispanic/Latino population is growing rapidly, expected to triple in the next 35 years, and with... more››
January 31, 2015