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Official homepage and blog for historian and author Matthew Luckett, Ph.D. Dr. Luckett's first book, Never Caught Twice: Horse Stealing and Culture in Western Nebraska, 1850-1890, will be released in late 2020 by the University of Nebraska Press. He also regularly blogs about his grandfather, a Pearl Harbor survivor, and a new book project based on the hundreds of letters Dr. Luckett inherited when his grandpa passed away in 2018.
Elmer Luckett And The Shreveport Kid
2020-04-02 17:00
“It’s a wonder he didn’t shoot his foot off.” That’s my dad, Steve, commenting on one of the non-Pearl Harbor-related stories my grandpa liked to tell about… Read More
2020-03-31 17:00
Hi folks,So far I like taking a month-on, month-off approach to my posts about Elmer’s letters to his parents, so I think I am going hold off on talking about 1944 (which was a VERY ev… Read More
December 1943: A Master At Arms
2020-03-30 17:00
When Elmer arrived back in New Orleans after his Thanksgiving leave, he still had several weeks ahead of him in Louisiana before he would be able to join his new boat. But now work, training… Read More
2020-03-26 17:00
Elmer had his hernia operation on October 27th. It did not take long for his mother to find out about it, and she expressed her disapproval for being kept in the dark in her November 2nd let… Read More
2020-03-23 17:00
Leaf peepers like to spend their time and money visiting Vermont, but Cape Girardeau is every bit as nice when the leaves change. Flaming oranges, reds, and yellows polka dot the thick green… Read More
Cover Art Released
2020-03-18 23:03
Hi folks,Great news: the University of Nebraska Press has just released the cover art for my upcoming book, Never Caught Twice: Horse Stealing in Western Nebraska, 1850 – 1890. Check i… Read More
July 1943: The Obstacle Course
2020-03-16 17:00
Elmer quickly found himself busy once classes started on July 6th. “Same routine,” he wrote two weeks later. “Exercise, chow, classes, chow, exercise, classes, study, cho… Read More
May – June 1943: Two Homecomings
2020-03-10 17:09
Elmer did not write his parents another letter until June 18th. He did not have to: at 2:15 PM on May 11th, Grandpa arrived at Saint Louis Union Station. His parents were waiting. After s… Read More

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