Happy Birthday, Nebraska!
The road to Nebraska statehood ended March 1st of 1867 but it wasn't a smooth journey. The beginnings of the state of Nebraska came with the Kansas-Nebraska Act of 1854. The population of white immigrants continued to explode with the Homestead Act of 1862, while more and more Native Americans were displaced and moved onto reservations. During it's time as a territory, Omaha was the capital. In 1866, a constitution was drafted giving voting rights only to free, white males. The next year, Congress admitted Nebraska as a state on the condition it dropped the "free, white males" clause. President Andrew Johnson vetoed Congress' vote but his veto was overridden and Nebraska became the 37th state to join the Union. Shortly afterwards, the capital was moved to Lancaster, whose name was later changed to Lincoln, in honor of President Lincoln.
Here's some other Nebraska facts you may not know!
- No Civil War battles were fought on Nebraska soil but they supported the Union. Nebraskans provided cavalry as well as 3,000 men to serve in the Union Army.
- Fort Atkinson was the first military post as well as school in the Nebraska territory. It was built in 1819.
- 1934 is when Nebraska went from a bicameral Legislature to unicameral.
- Arbor Day was founded in Nebraska City, NE which is still the home of the Arbor Day Foundation.
- Hastings, NE is the home of Kool-Aid, which was invented in 1927.
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