A Narrative History of the People of Iowa

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Download or read book A Narrative History of the People of Iowa written by Edgar Rubey Harlan and published by . This book was released on 1931 with total page pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt:

The Biographical Dictionary of Iowa

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Download or read book The Biographical Dictionary of Iowa written by David Hudson and published by University of Iowa Press. This book was released on 2009-05-01 with total page 608 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: Iowa has been blessed with citizens of strong character who have made invaluable contributions to the state and to the nation. In the 1930s alone, such towering figures as John L. Lewis, Henry A. Wallace, and Herbert Hoover hugely influenced the nation’s affairs. Iowa’s Native Americans, early explorers, inventors, farmers, scholars, baseball players, musicians, artists, writers, politicians, scientists, conservationists, preachers, educators, and activists continue to enrich our lives and inspire our imaginations. Written by an impressive team of more than 150 scholars and writers, the readable narratives include each subject’s name, birth and death dates, place of birth, education, and career and contributions. Many of the names will be instantly recognizable to most Iowans; others are largely forgotten but deserve to be remembered. Beyond the distinctive lives and times captured in the individual biographies, readers of the dictionary will gain an appreciation for how the character of the state has been shaped by the character of the individuals who have inhabited it. From Dudley Warren Adams, fruit grower and Grange leader, to the Younker brothers, founders of one of Iowa’s most successful department stores, The Biographical Dictionary of Iowa is peopled with the rewarding lives of more than four hundred notable citizens of the Hawkeye State. The histories contained in this essential reference work should be eagerly read by anyone who cares about Iowa and its citizens. Entries include Cap Anson, Bix Beiderbecke, Black Hawk, Amelia Jenks Bloomer, William Carpenter, Philip Greeley Clapp, Gardner Cowles Sr., Samuel Ryan Curtis, Jay Norwood Darling, Grenville Dodge, Julien Dubuque, August S. Duesenberg, Paul Engle, Phyllis L. Propp Fowle, George Gallup, Hamlin Garland, Susan Glaspell, Josiah Grinnell, Charles Hearst, Josephine Herbst, Herbert Hoover, Inkpaduta, Louis Jolliet, MacKinlay Kantor, Keokuk, Aldo Leopold, John L. Lewis, Marquette, Elmer Maytag, Christian Metz, Bertha Shambaugh, Ruth Suckow, Billy Sunday, Henry Wallace, and Grant Wood. Excerpt from the entry on: Gallup, George Horace (November 19, 1901–July 26, 1984)—founder of the American Institute of Public Opinion, better known as the Gallup Poll, whose name was synonymous with public opinion polling around the world—was born in Jefferson, Iowa. . . . . A New Yorker article would later speculate that it was Gallup’s background in “utterly normal Iowa” that enabled him to find “nothing odd in the idea that one man might represent, statistically, ten thousand or more of his own kind.” . . . In 1935 Gallup partnered with Harry Anderson to found the American Institute of Public Opinion, based in Princeton, New Jersey, an opinion polling firm that included a syndicated newspaper column called “America Speaks.” The reputation of the organization was made when Gallup publicly challenged the polling techniques of The Literary Digest, the best-known political straw poll of the day. Calculating that the Digest would wrongly predict that Kansas Republican Alf Landon would win the presidential election, Gallup offered newspapers a money-back guarantee if his prediction that Franklin Delano Roosevelt would win wasn’t more accurate. Gallup believed that public opinion polls served an important function in a democracy: “If govern¬ment is supposed to be based on the will of the people, somebody ought to go and find what that will is,” Gallup explained.

Iowa

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Download or read book Iowa written by Dorothy Schwieder and published by University of Iowa Press. This book was released on 1996-03-01 with total page 398 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: In this engrossing history of the Hawkeye State, Dorothy Schweider reveals 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.

Uncle Henry

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ISBN 10 : 1557532680
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Download or read book Uncle Henry written by Richard S. Kirkendall and published by Purdue University Press. This book was released on 2002-09 with total page 259 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: Founder of Wallaces' Farmer, adviser to Theodore Roosevelt, and consultant to Iowa State College, "Uncle Henry" Wallace - perhaps more than any writer since Jefferson - spoke of rural society in terms of its significant role in the success of the American democratic vision. This book fills a gap in the history of Midwestern agriculture and the influence of the farm press.

Iowa: A Guide to the Hawkeye State

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The WPA Guide to 1930s Iowa

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Download or read book The WPA Guide to 1930s Iowa written by Joseph Frazier Federal Writers Project and published by University of Iowa Press. This book was released on 2010-01-25 with total page 623 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: Originally published during the Great Depression, The WPA Guide nevertheless finds much to celebrate in the heartland of America. Nearly three dozen essays highlight Iowa's demography, economy, and culture but the heart of the book is a detailed traveler's guide, organized as seventeen different tours, that directs the reader to communities of particual social and historical interest.

Iowa History Reader

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ISBN 10 : 9781609380113
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Download or read book Iowa History Reader written by Marvin Bergman and published by University of Iowa Press. This book was released on 2008-03-15 with total page 470 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: 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.

Wolfe's History: A Family Story

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Download or read book Wolfe's History: A Family Story written by Brendan Wolfe and published by Lulu.com. This book was released on 2019-08-19 with total page 500 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: Wolfe's History, by the author of Finding Bix (2017), wraps its arms around a single, sprawling Irish and American family. In an opening essay, Wolfe introduces a cast of larger-than-life characters-from an Old West barkeep and a Gold Rush pharmacist to an IRA fugitive and a British recruit whose loyalties are tested during the Easter Rising. Together these fast-talking, writerly cousins live intricate lives that move quickly between past and present-complete with periodic and sudden outbursts of violence. A man is set ablaze on the prairie. A Jesuit is tortured in Dublin Castle. In the author's sure hands, their stories are converted into something broader and more searching than just a single family's journey. He wonders what binds the Wolfes together in the first place and whether the experiences of his own immediate family subvert the connections he feels with his ancestors. A biographical dictionary and fifty pages of family trees complete this impressive volume.

Encyclopedia of Iowa

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ISBN 10 : 9780403099184
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Download or read book Encyclopedia of Iowa written by and published by North American Book Dist LLC. This book was released on 1995-01-01 with total page 433 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt:

The Family Tree Sourcebook

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Download or read book The Family Tree Sourcebook written by Family Tree Editors and published by Penguin. This book was released on 2010-09-20 with total page 752 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: The one book every genealogist must have! Whether you're just getting started in genealogy or you're a research veteran, The Family Tree Sourcebook provides you with the information you need to trace your roots across the United States, including: • Research summaries, tips and techniques, with maps for every U.S. state • Detailed county-level data, essential for unlocking the wealth of records hidden in the county courthouse • Websites and contact information for libraries, archives, and genealogical and historical societies • Bibliographies for each state to help you further your research You'll love having this trove of information to guide you to the family history treasures in state and county repositories. It's all at your fingertips in an easy-to-use format–and it's from the trusted experts at Family Tree Magazine!

Crusading Iowa Journalist Verne Marshall

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Download or read book Crusading Iowa Journalist Verne Marshall written by Jerry Harrington and published by Arcadia Publishing. This book was released on 2017-01-09 with total page 144 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: On December 12, 1934, police raided a canning factory in Cedar Rapids, uncovering an illegal liquor and gambling set-up. Verne Marshall, tempestuous editor of the Cedar Rapids Gazette, sensed a bigger story and a wider network of corruption. His aggressive investigative reporting led to multiple resignations, nearly fifty indictments and the dramatic trial of the state's attorney general. These explosive exposés earned Verne Marshall and the paper the 1936 Pulitzer Prize. Author Jerry Harrington traces the legacy of Marshall's incendiary crusade across Iowa's political landscape.

Iowa Stereographs

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ISBN 10 : UVA:X004120539
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Download or read book Iowa Stereographs written by Mary J. Bennett and published by Bureau Oak Book. This book was released on 1997 with total page 371 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: At one time no American parlor was complete without a stereograph viewer and a stack of dual-image cards. People toured the world in three dimensions through the viewer's lenses and reveled in scenes from their own regions. Stereoscopic vision changed the way people saw the world. Using Iowa as a backdrop for exploring the golden age of this phenomenon, the authors of this richly illustrated book, which includes a handy stereo viewer, present an insider's look at nineteenth-century America. The remnants of this once popular pictorial tradition reveal an amazing record of the intricacies of yesterday's daily life. Unparalleled as documents recording this era, these 220 stereographs draw the viewer into the everyday life of early Iowans - into countrysides, main streets, living rooms, and parades as well as the extraordinary devastation of train wrecks and tornadoes and the curiously spectacular Sioux City Corn Palace.

Vanishing Footprints

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ISBN 10 : 192991914X
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Download or read book Vanishing Footprints written by Samuel D. Pryce and published by Press of the Camp Pope Bookshop. This book was released on 2008 with total page 249 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: Never before published, Samuel Pryce's history of the "Johnson County Regiment" is a wide-ranging tale of the men he served with-- and whom he served so well as regimental adjutant. Pryce tells an unforgettable story, from the common soldier's ground-level perspective, of how a courageous band of midwesterners gathered, fought, lived and died under the "starry banner"--P. [4] of cover.

Dear Catharine, Dear Taylor

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ISBN 10 : UOM:39015055887197
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Download or read book Dear Catharine, Dear Taylor written by Taylor Peirce and published by Modern War Studies (Hardcover). This book was released on 2002 with total page 448 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: The letters of a fortysomething Northern soldier from Iowa to his wife and family reveal the personal fears and struggles of American families during the War Between the States. (History)

Governors' Mansions of the Midwest

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ISBN 10 : 0826214789
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Download or read book Governors' Mansions of the Midwest written by Ann Liberman and published by University of Missouri Press. This book was released on 2003 with total page 194 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: Traces the histories of twelve prominent governors' mansions from such central American states as Illinois, Missouri, and Wisconsin, citing the dwellings' symbolic representation of each state's stability while discussing each location's architectural distinctiveness, construction, renovations, and cultural history. (History)

Almost Pioneers

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ISBN 10 : 9780762797165
Pages : 235 pages
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Download or read book Almost Pioneers written by John Fry and published by Rowman & Littlefield. This book was released on 2013-08-06 with total page 235 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: In the fall of 1913, Laura and Earle Smith, a young Iowa couple, made the gutsy—some might say foolhardy—decision to homestead in Wyoming. There, they built their first house, a claim shanty half dug out of the ground, hauled every drop of their water from a spring over a half-mile away, and fought off rattlesnakes and boredom on a daily basis. Soon, other families moved to nearby homesteads, and the Smiths built a house closer to those neighbors. The growing community built its first public schoolhouse and celebrated the Fourth of July together—although the festivities were cut short because of snow. By 1917, however, the Smiths had moved back to Iowa, leasing their land to a local rancher and using the proceeds to fund Earle’s study of law. The Smiths lived in Iowa for most of the rest of their lives, and sometime after the mid-1930s, Laura wrote this clear, vivid, witty, and self-deprecating memoir of their time in Wyoming, a book that captures the pioneer spirit of the era and of the building of community against daunting odds.

Radio Psychics

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ISBN 10 : 9781476642352
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Download or read book Radio Psychics written by John Benedict Buescher and published by McFarland. This book was released on 2021-08-24 with total page 433 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: When radio broadcasting began in the early 1920s, the radio was a magic box aglow with the future, drawing humanity into a new age. Some thought it would dissolve the distance between time and place, others that human minds would become transparent, one tuned to another. Performers claiming psychic powers turned radio broadcasting into a fabulous money machine. These "mentalists," born from vaudeville, circuses, sideshows, and the Spiritualist and New Thought movements of the mid-late 19th century, used the language of wireless technology to explain their ability to see the past, present, and future. Casting their mystical knowledge as a scientifically honed craft, these mentalists persuaded millions to pay for dubious advice until governmental and public pressures forced them off the air. This book is a history of over 25 performers who practiced their art behind studio microphones during the early years of radio broadcasting, from about 1920 to 1940. Here, laid out for the first time, is the tale of how they made cash rain from the heavens and harnessed the sensation of the radio in search of wealth, health, love, and success.