by Chris Rasmussen
Chris Rasmussen portrays the ways history has been presented at the Iowa State Fair from its founding in 1854 to its centennial exhibition in 1946. Rasmussen shows how the fair’s exhibits and its entertainments, always in some tension with one another, suggested nearly antithetical views of history and of the certainty of progress. While the fair’s exhibits represented steady progress, its most popular grandstand entertainments in the early twentieth century — nightly disaster spectacles — brooded over the threat of precipitous decline.
by Derek Oden
Derek Oden offers a survey of the development of Iowa’s canning industry in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. He reviews the obstacles canneries encountered as well as their relationship to town boosters, the farmers with whom they contracted, and the workers they employed. He concludes that the canneries offered economic benefits to the communities in which they were located, most notably jobs and an outlet for farm products, but those benefits came with some social costs.
by Sarah-Eva Ellen Carlson
Sarah-Eva Ellen Carlson tells the story, from the Dakota perspective, of the internment of Dakota at a prison camp in Davenport after the Conflict of 1862 between Dakota and white settlers in Minnesota. Carlson’s account is based on newly translated letters from Dakota prisoners to Presbyterian missionaries.
by Thomas A. Britten and Larry W. Burt
Thomas A. Britten and Larry W. Burt relate an incident in which a Winnebago (Ho Chunk) soldier killed in action in the Korean Conflict was denied burial in a Sioux City cemetery because of a race restrictive clause in the cemetery’s burial contract. They set the incident and its aftermath in the context of the Cold War, the burgeoning civil rights movement, and the not altogether parallel Indian rights movement.
by Theresa R. McDevitt
Theresa R. McDevitt relates the experiences of two sisters - Mary and Amanda Shelton - who worked in the Civil War diet kitchens established by another Iowan, Annie Wittenmyer. They faced challenges to their reputation, virtue, and abilities, but succeeded in doing work that they valued and was valued by others. After the war, they struggled to find similarly rewarding work.
by Joanne Passet
Joanne Passet uses the letters Iowa women wrote during the nineteenth century to freethought periodicals to explain what drew women to the freethought movement and what they did to perpetuate it.
by Sharon M. Lake
Sharon M. Lake describes the political collections held in the Louise Noun–Mary Louise Smith Iowa Women’s Archives at the University of Iowa.
by Susan C. Lawrence
Susan C. Lawrence offers the second in her three-part series on the history of medicine in Iowa. Here she traces institutional and professional changes and surveys major public health concerns and programs from 1887 through 1928. She finds that these developments converged in the advent of an expensive, science-based medicine that needed large towns or cities to survive; as a result medicine began its retreat from Iowa’s small towns and rural areas.