Date of Award


Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Arts (MA)



First Advisor

Dr. William C. Pratt


On the night of August 22, 1932, a Chicago, St. Paul, Minneapolis and Omaha livestock train was twice detained by an unknown number of farmers on its way from Norfolk, Nebraska, to Sioux City, Iowa. The train was scheduled to arrive in Sioux City at 10:40 P.M. after leaving Norfolk at 6 P.M., but did not reach its final destination until 4 a .m . This episode became front-page news in many newspapers, including those in the metropolitan areas of Omaha and Sioux City, and was even mentioned in the New York Times. The train was halted by a group of farmers, estimated at 100 to 150 in number, in Emerson, Nebraska, which straddles the county lines of Dixon, Dakota, and Thurston counties. Its progress was again impeded six miles to the northeast, at Nacora in Dakota County. The Sioux City Journal reported that upward of three hundred farmers, instead of 100 to 150, as reported in the Pender Republic, broke the seals of twenty-five livestock cars.


A Thesis Presented to the Department of History and the Faculty of the Graduate College University of Nebraska In Partial Fulfillment of the Requirements for the Degree Master of Arts University of Nebraska at Omaha. Copyright 1998, Travis Sing