Nebraska historian Robert Manley dies at 80

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Noted Nebraska historian Robert Manley, who told stories of pioneers and hard times of the Great Plains, has died.

He died on Wednesday of stomach cancer in Lincoln. He was 80.

Manley played guitar and sang folk songs. He also wrote books and essays, and lectured about historical events, places and, most importantly, people.

Manley, who had a 50-year-plus career as a teacher and historian, wrote at least 26 books.

He was born in Wisconsin, grew up in Chicago and play semi-pro baseball in Kansas, but he spent most of his life in Nebraska.

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