by Judith M. Daubenmier
Judith M. Daubenmier describes a project undertaken by a group of University of Chicago anthropologists on the Meskwaki Settlement from the late 1940s to the early 1960s. Relying on the voices of Meskwaki who remember the project as well as the field reports of the anthropologists, she relates the Meskwaki’s mixed reaction to the anthropologists’ efforts to help the Meskwaki achieve a better life, as well as to study them as subjects.
by Lawrence H. Larsen and David N. Atkinson
by Leslie A. Schwalm
Leslie A. Schwalm examines hundreds of emancipation celebrations in more than 30 Iowa communities in the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. She describes the various elements of the commemorations to uncover their meaning for the African American celebrants; she exposes the bias in the reporting of the events in white newspapers; and she shows how the content and meaning of the events changed over time.
by Timothy B. Smith
Timothy B. Smith describes the role of Iowan David Wilson Reed in establishing Shiloh National Military Park in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. Reed’s efforts established the pattern of interpretation at Shiloh and other parks that commemorated the battles of the Civil War.
by Deborah Fink
by Susan C. Lawrence
Susan C. Lawrence initiates a three-part survey of the history of medicine in Iowa from 1850 to 1950. This first installment covers the period from settlement through the formation of the Iowa Medical Society in 1850 to passage of the Medical Practice Act of 1886, a period dominated by medical practitioners’ efforts to secure a professional identity and legitimacy in a competitive market for health care.
by Brian W. Beltman
Brian W. Beltman uses the memoir of a Dutch immigrant to north-west Iowa to offer a personal account of the details of Dutch immigration and settlement, all carefully placed in the context of the late nineteenth century.
by Jon Lauck
by Ronald E. Butchart and Amy F. Rolleri
Ronald E. Butchart and Amy F. Rolleri provide a portrait of the more than one hundred Iowans who went South between the early years of the Civil War and the end of Reconstruction to educate freed slaves. Their portrait differs in some ways from the traditional portrayal of northern teachers of the freed people. In particular, Iowa’s participation in the movement was dominated by Quakers rather than mainstream Protestants.
by Marty S. Knepper and John S. Lawrence
Marty S. Knepper and John S. Lawrence offer an annotated list of some two hundred films with significant Iowa settings or characters. An introductory essay suggests why Iowa has been such a popular subject for filmmakers and identifies some themes in the way Iowa has been portrayed in film.