Thieves, Rascals, and Sore Losers

The Unsettling History of the Dirty Deals that Helped Settle Nebraska

On they came, from Belgium and New Hampshire, from Ireland, Germany and Scandinavia, from the Chicago fire, from the territories: Utah, Wyoming, Kansas, the Dakotas.


All the way they brawled, about Indians, about border lines, about slavery, about who was the bigger imbecile.


And then they fought County Seat Wars in most of the 3,000 new counties. 


A thousand of those remaining ended up in south central Nebraska, scrapping about Harlan County and which still-imagined town should hold the seat of government.

"Impressively well researched, written, organized and presented… 
 
"An extraordinary and consistently compelling read from beginning to end, Thieves, Rascals, and Sore Losers is history as it is never taught in a classroom and is very highly recommended."
Midwest Book Review
praise for
Thieves, Rascals, and sore Losers

 

"Entertaining, intriguing, and educational! Marilyn Coffey’s exceptional clarity and sense of humor triumphs once again."
Carole Rosenthal

Professor of Humanities and Media Studies

"Thieves, Rascals, and Sore Losers is filled with humorous and unforgettable characters that make for an entertaining easy read."
Dr. Ann Moncayo

Book Data
Publisher: Omega Cottonwood Press
Publication Date: April 14, 2015
Paperback: 325 pages
Paperback ISBN: 978-0-9961399-1-5
Kindle ASIN: B00WNG98XE

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© 2019 Marilyn June Coffey, Omega Cottonwood Press, "out West" Press