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,
Additionally, immigrants also arrived, particularly in coal mining areas from
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
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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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
Product Description: 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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It Happened in Iowa Remarkable Events That Shaped History
Product Description: 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.
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.
Product Description: 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.
Publisher: British Library, Historical Print Editions
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The HISTORY OF COLONIAL NORTH AMERICA collection includes books from the British Library digitised by Microsoft. This collection refers to the European settlements in North America through independence, with emphasis on the history of the thirteen colonies of Britain. Attention is paid to the histories of Jamestown and the early colonial interactions with Native Americans. The contextual framework of this collection highlights 16th century English, Scottish, French, Spanish, and Dutch expansion.
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Product Description: 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.
Product Description: Iowa, the Definitive Collection gathers for student, teacher, researcher, and leisure reader alike a rich harvest of Iowa lore as told by a bevy of its most famous and forgotten voices Iowa history as made and told by Iowans, for Iowans. Totaling over 500 browsable pages and nearly 100 highly readable, classic and contemporary selections, this mammoth compendium of Iowa history, literature, and lore captures the Hawkeye State more diversely and more comprehensively than ever before. Here is a book a big book of Iowa readings of every conceivable kind (campaign platforms, creeds, diaries, editorials, ethnographic studies, fictions, government documents, history, humor, journalism, legal opinions, letters, memoirs, pamphlets, speeches, travel narratives, and more) and of every historical vintage (from Black Hawk s lament on being ordered to move west to Iowa in 1831 to Iowa writer-anthropologist Robert Leonard s freshly-penned roll call of the many different Iowans he has known). Between these covers, world-famous sons and daughters of Iowa, including Carrie Chapman Catt, Bob Feller, Susan Glaspell, Herbert Hoover, Ted Kooser, Aldo Leopold, Glenn Miller, Wallace Stegner, Henry Wallace, Grant Wood, and many others join a chorus of forgotten or neglected native greats to tell the story of their home state as only Iowans can tell it. Perfect fodder for Iowa history and literature classes, book clubs, civic organizations, museums, libraries, and visitor centers across the Land Between Two Rivers, Iowa, the Definitive Collection offers a first-of-its-kind, popular documentary history suitable for singing loudly, proudly, and circumspectly across the State, and across generations.
Culled from the sports pages of the Gazette, this collection brings together the best players and coaches and most exhilarating moments in Iowa football lore into one complete masterpiece. This stunning pictorial is a fascinating account of the triumphs of Hawkeye football, from the early part of the 20th century through the present day. From their 1958 national championship and their thrilling victory over the second ranked Michigan Wolverines in 1985 to the miracle finish over LSU in the 2005 Capital One Bowl, this keepsake is an ideal resource for any Hawkeye fan. Filled with full-color photos throughout, Greatest Moments in Iowa Hawkeyes Football History gives readers vivid visuals to help share all of the greatest moments of the most important games and the pageantry that makes up the Hawkeyes’ historic past.
Fearing the rapacious power of Chicago’s railroad system in the mid-1900s, Iowa Central Railway supporters fought for a north-south route across the state that would link Minneapolis and St. Paul with St. Louis. Such a route would put the needs of Iowa’s citizens first and provide transportation for the state’s agricultural and industrial trade.
Analyzing the origins, growth, and eventual dismantling of the Iowa Central Railway, which traversed the state from Ackley to Zearing and Mason City to Marshalltown, Don Hofsommer examines how this unremarkable, “plain vanilla” railway was an example of the life cycle of the American railroad industry. The Hook & Eye demonstrates its symbiotic relationship with its customers. Born in ambition but never rising far above its obscure origins, the Iowa Central eventually fell to outside competition from railroads based in greater metropolitan areas and was made part of the Minneapolis & St. Louis Railway in 1912.
Drawing the story from station records, annual reports, newspaper articles, and interviews with former employees, The Hook & Eye brings both the industry and human sides of railroading into sharp and memorable view.
Don L. Hofsommer is a native Iowan and professor of history at St. Cloud State University.
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