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Iowa History


Iowa was originally home to at least 17 Native American tries, although today only the Meskwaki remain.

The first Europeans to reach Iowa were the French explorers, Louis Joliet and Jacques Marquette in 1673. They recorded in their journals that the land was lush, green and fertile.

The United States gained control of the area from France in the 1803 Louisiana Purchase. The first official American settlement began in 1833, and statehood was achieved in 1846.

During the American Civil War (1861 to 1865), Iowa contributed greatly to the Union war effort, including more 60% of its eligible males serving (the highest proportion of any state).

Iowa was a popular destination for immigrants, and the state encouraged immigration with a booklet printed in 1869 in English, German, Dutch, Swedish and Danish. Additionally, immigrants also arrived, particularly in coal mining areas from Italy and Croatia, and beginning in the 1880s, a significant number of African-Americans moved to the state, also to work in the mining industry. The coming of the railroads, also helped to encourage immigration, and, eventually, the establishment of the beginnings of a manufacturing sector.

World War One brought a brief agricultural boom to the state, but the 1920s and 1930s were a time of hardship after the elimination of the wartime agricultural subsidies. The state did not in fact fully recover until the 1940s.

After World War Two, Iowa's business and manufacturing sectors have continued to grow, and the state now produces a wide variety of manufactured products, as well the agricultural goods for which it is most famous.


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It Happened in Iowa: Remarkable Events That Shaped History (It Happened In Series)

By Tammy Partsch

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Released: 2017-05-01
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For most Americans, Iowa brings to mind endless acres of corn fields, one of the country’s longest-running state fairs, and American Gothic, but few may know how it serendipitously became the birthplace of the most iconic apple, why thousands of cyclists brave the Midwestern heat and humidity to cross the entire state one week each year, or how a former Des Moines sports announcer became one of the White House’s most popular residents. It Happened in Iowa goes behind the scenes to tell these stories and many more, in short episodes that reveal the intriguing people and events that have shaped the Hawkeye State.

A Culinary History of Iowa: Sweet Corn, Pork Tenderloins, Maid-Rites & More (American Palate)

By Darcy Dougherty Maulsby

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Released: 2016-08-01
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Iowa's delectable cuisine is quintessentially midwestern, grounded in its rich farming heritage and spiced with diverse ethnic influences. Classics like fresh sweet corn and breaded pork tenderloins are found on menus and in home kitchens across the state. At the world-famous Iowa State Fair, a dizzying array of food on a stick commands a nationwide cult following. From Maid-Rites to the moveable feast known as RAGBRAI, discover the remarkable stories behind Iowa originals. Find recipes for favorites ranging from classic Iowa ham balls and Steak de Burgo to homemade cinnamon rolls'served with chili, of course! Author Darcy Dougherty Maulsby serves up a bountiful history of tasty tradition.

History of Iowa, Vol. 1: From the Earliest Times to the Beginning of the Twentieth Century; Illustrated With Photographic Views of the Natural Scenery ... and Biographies of Notable Men and Wo

By Benjamin F. Gue

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Released: 2016-11-16
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History of Iowa, Vol. 1: From the Earliest Times to the Beginning of the Twentieth Century; Illustrated With Photographic Views of the Natural Scenery ... and Biographies of Notable Men and Wo
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Excerpt from History of Iowa, Vol. 1: From the Earliest Times to the Beginning of the Twentieth Century; Illustrated With Photographic Views of the Natural Scenery of the State, Public Buildings, Pioneer Life, Etc;; With Portraits and Biographies of Notable Men and Women of Iowa; The Pioneer

Building at Iowa City. Facing page 207 Fort Sanford, established in 1842 Facing page 209 Old State Capitol at Iowa City Facing page 214 Map of Iowa, 1844 Facing page 215 Theodore S. Parvin Facing page 217 Enoch W. Eastman Facing page 218 James Clarke, Last Territorial Governor. Facing page 219 Emigrants Coming to Iowa Facing page 220 Mormon hand-cart Train. Facing page 233 Ansel Briggs, First Governor of the State. Facing page 238 George W. Jones, United States Senator Facing page 252 Augustus 0. Dodge, United States Senator. Facing page 258 Stephen Hempstead, Governor of Iowa Facing page 264 Flood at Fort Des Moines in 1851 Facing page 266 Fort Dodge, established in 1850 Facing page 267 James W. Grimes, Governor of Iowa Facing page George G. Wright, Chief Justice Facing page 277 James Harlan, United States Senator Facing page 278 Elijah Sells Facing page 282 James Thorington Facing page 283 Francis Springer Facing page 284 Sidominadota Page 289 Pillsbury Point, West Okoboji Lake Facing page 295 East Okoboji Lake Facing page 296 Massacre at the Gardner House. Facing page 298 Dr. Isaac H. Herriott;william Burkholder. Facing page 299 Sioux Indian Scalp Dance Facing page 300 Maj. Wm. Williams, Capt. C. B. Richards, Capt.

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The Death Boat: The tragic accident on West Lake Okoboji that left nine dead and changed boating in Iowa forever

By Lloyd B. Cunningham

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In the twilight of a summer evening, on a bustling Iowa lake in 1929, two speedboats collided. Nine people were killed, and boating in the state was changed forever. "The Death Boat" is the story—told in detail as never before—of the crash on West Lake Okoboji in northwestern Iowa. One boat, Zipper, had been a prime attraction at Arnolds Park, an amusement park and entertainment mecca on the water that drew vacationers from across the country. The other, Miss Thriller, was a newcomer to the lake touted as the fastest boat in the world carrying passengers for hire. Friction, even sabotage, ensued as the boat operators competed to become king of the lake. The rivalry ended in disaster. Within hours, before the last passenger’s body had been brought to shore, questions swirled: Had Miss Thriller’s captain been careless? Did the inexperience of the other pilot cause the collision? Did the bitter rivalry figure in the deadly encounter? And finally, would the recovery of Miss Thriller, from its resting place 96 feet deep in West Lake Okoboji reveal the accident’s cause? The enduring mysteries of the crash long have remained in the dark, much like Miss Thriller after she sank into the depths of West Lake Okoboji. "The Death Boat" pieces together newspaper stories, survivor accounts, public letters and private correspondence, witness testimony, supreme court decisions, and government records that shed light on those mysteries.

Hidden History of Dubuque

By Susan Miller Hellert

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Released: 2016-03-14
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Poised on the banks of the mighty Mississippi River, Dubuque provided a vital entry point for westward expansion. Explorers, Native Americans, fur traders, lead miners and pilgrims all played a part in the little-known history of Iowa's Driftless Region. It was Dubuque that contributed the first military company in the country for service at the start of the Civil War. Jefferson Davis made a foray into the city in pursuit of lead miners. And gangster Al Capone reportedly used the Hotel Julien as a retreat and hideout. Uncover these lost stories and more with author and historian Susan Miller Hellert as she chronicles the fascinating and all-but-forgotten tales of Dubuque and the surrounding region.

Iowa: The Middle Land

By Dorothy Schwieder

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In this engrossing history of the Hawkeye State, Dorothy Schwieder brings her seasoned insight to the story of the Middle Land. Iowa emerges here as a place of fascinating grassroots politics, economic troubles and triumphs, surprising cultural diversity, and unsung natural beauty. Above all, this is the history of the people of Iowa and the lives they have led - the accomplishments of both ordinary and not-so-ordinary Iowans. The twenty-ninth state was admitted to the Union on December 29, 1846. After 150 years of statehood, The Middle Land gives a fresh perspective on what happened in Iowa and why. It also looks at where it happened. The underlying theme is Iowa's location in the center of the United States and the implications of that middle land status. From grasslands to factories, Black Hawk to Branstad, Schwieder takes the reader on a compelling journey. She presents the experience of seventeenth- and eighteenth-century Native Americans in the Iowa region; the beginning of white settlement; and the subsequent development of social, educational, and economic institutions. In often arresting detail, Schwieder recounts recent episodes of Iowa's history, such as the farm crisis of the 1980s and the initiation of the lottery and casino gambling. She explores previously neglected areas and issues of social history - women, minorities, community, and Prohibition. Dorothy Schwieder has given us a most valuable addition to our understanding of America's "purest of prairie states." Iowa: The Middle Land is well suited for college history courses and senior-high courses. It is a fine library reference for all Iowans (and non-Iowans) wishing to know more about the state's history. The bookuniquely emphasizes Iowa's economic and social history and draws on manuscript sources not previously cited in general histories of Iowa.

Iowa History Reader

Brand: University Of Iowa Press
Released: 2008-03-15
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In 1978 historian Joseph Wall wrote that Iowa was “still seeking to assert its own identity. . . . It has no real center where the elite of either power, wealth, or culture may congregate. Iowa, in short, is middle America.” In this collection of well-written and accessible essays, originally published in 1996, seventeen of the Hawkeye State’s most accomplished historians reflect upon the dramatic and not-so-dramatic shifts in the middle land’s history in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries.

Marvin Bergman has drawn upon his years of editing the Annals of Iowa to gather contributors who cross disciplines, model the craft of writing a historical essay, cover more than one significant topic, and above all interpret history rather than recite it. In his preface to this new printing, he calls attention to publications that begin to fill the gaps noted in the 1996 edition.

Rather than survey the basic facts, the essayists engage readers in the actual making of Iowa’s history by trying to understand the meaning of its past. By providing comprehensive accounts of topics in Iowa history that embrace the broader historiographical issues in American history, such as the nature of Progressivism and Populism, the debate over whether women’s expanded roles in wartime carried over to postwar periods, and the place of quantification in history, the essayists contribute substantially to debates at the national level at the same time that they interpret Iowa’s distinctive culture.

How Iowa Conquered the World: The Story of a Small Farm Small State's Journey to Global Dominance

By Michael Rank

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How Iowa Conquered the World: The Story of a Small Farm Small State s Journey to Global Dominance
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Iowa is considered a backward farm state full of bumpkins who wear Carhartt jackets and do little besides give the world corn. But what if that understanding is wrong? What if Iowa has done more to influence the modern world than any other population group? Turns out it has. In this new book by #1 best-selling author Michael Rank -- himself a native Iowan -- find out how this underdog state -- Saved billions of people from starvation in the 20th century -- Created Silicon Valley in the 1960s and inspired the startup culture of egalitarianism and hoodies -- Decides who will win the presidential election every four years -- Was the multicultural center of America and hosted more utopian communes and transcendental meditation centers than any other place in the United States -- Created the General American English accent spoken by all actors and broadcasters. People the world over are learning to speak like an Iowan, even if they don't know it This book tells the story of Iowa's outsized influence on global events, but it is more importantly about how an underdog can defy the odds and truly make a lasting impact on the world.

A History of Iowa (Iowa heritage collection)

By Leland L. Sage

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A History of Iowa (Iowa heritage collection)
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Tales from the Iowa Hawkeyes Sideline: A Collection of the Greatest Hawkeyes Stories Ever Told (Tales from the Team)

By Ron Maly

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Released: 2013-07-01
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Tales from the Iowa Hawkeyes Sideline: A Collection of the Greatest Hawkeyes Stories Ever Told (Tales from the Team)
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In the newly revised and updated edition of Tales from the Iowa Hawkeyes Sidelines, fans can indulge in nearly 100 years of Iowa football history, beginning with the unbeaten teams of 1921 and 1922. Readers will share the vivid memories of captain Erwin Prasse and teammate George “Red” Frye as they flash back to the 1939 Ironmen, led by Heisman Trophy-winner Nile Kinnick. Hawkeye fans can also read about Forest Evashevski’s two Rose Bowl championship teams in the 1950s, the resurgence of the program under coach Hayden Fry in the ’80s and ’90s, and the marvelous 2002 season, during which the team won a record eleven games. Ron Maly reveals the intriguing scenarios that brought All-Americans Calvin Jones and Alex Karras to Iowa, the touching story of how former star Bob Stoops placed his Rose Bowl ring in his father’s casket, and why the 1985 Hawkeyes were the top-ranked team in America for five weeks. Iowa fans will follow Maly on a nostalgic trip with their beloved team through over a century of triumphs and tragedies, fun and frustration, and legend and lore in Tales from the Iowa Hawkeyes Sidelines.


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