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Published
Iowa City : University of Iowa Press c2008.
Edition
University of Iowa Press ed
Language
English
Item Description
Originally published: Ames : State Historical Society of Iowa in association with Iowa State University Press, 1996.
Physical Description
xvii, 449 p. : maps ; 23 cm
Bibliography
Includes bibliographical references and index.
ISBN
1587296349
9781587296345
Other Authors
Marvin Bergman, 1953- (-)
  • Iowa: the middle land / Dorothy Schwieder
  • "We dance in opposite directions": Mesquakie (Fox) separatism from the Sac and Fox Tribe / Michael D. Green
  • The frontier in process: Iowa's trail women as a paradigm / Glenda Riley
  • Farming in the Prairie Peninsula, 1830-1890 / Allan G. Bogue
  • The political culture of antebellum Iowa: an overview / Robert Cook
  • "Men did not take to the musket more commonly than women to the needle": Annie Wittenmyer and soldiers' aid / Elizabeth D. Leonard
  • Iowans and the politics of race in America, 1857-1880 / Robert R. Dykstra
  • Town development, social structure, and industrial conflict / Shelton Stromquist
  • Iowa's struggle for state railroad control / John Lauritz Larson
  • Why the Populist Party was strong in Kansas and Nebraska but weak in Iowa / Jeffrey Ostler
  • Iowa, wet or dry? prohibition and the fall of the GOP / Richard Jensen
  • To whom much is given: the social identity of an Iowa small town in the early twentieth century / Thomas J. Morain
  • Rural Iowa in the 1920s and 1930s / Dorothy Schwieder and Joseph Frazier Wall
  • World War II and rural women / Deborah Fink
  • The modernization of Iowa's agricultural structure in the twentieth century / Mark Friedberger
  • The evolution of the Iowa precinct caucuses / Hugh Winebrenner
  • Iowa's abortion battles of the late 1960s and early 1970s: long-term perspectives and short-term analyses / James C. Mohr.
Review by Publisher Summary 1

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.

Review by Publisher Summary 2

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.