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Table of Contents, Third Series, Vol. 65, No. 4, 2006

We Were All Mixed Together”: Race, Schooling, and the Legacy of Black Teachers in Buxton, 1900–1920

by Richard M. Breaux

Richard M. Breaux describes the racial climate in the schools of Buxton, Iowa, in the early twentieth century. He argues that at a time when segregation and racial violence were on the rise across the country, the presence of African American teachers and integrated schools in Buxton were key factors in residents’ memories of racial harmony in the town. 

The Power of Prickliness: Iowa’s H. R. Gross in the U.S. House of Representatives

by David W. Schwieder and Dorothy Schwieder

David W. Schwieder and Dorothy Schwieder trace and analyze the political career of H. R. Gross, U.S. congressman from Iowa’s Third District from 1948 to 1974. They conclude that his focus on government spending did not result in a major budgetary impact, but his legislative style improved the deliberative process and his close scrutiny of fiscal legislation provided a degree of accountability often lacking in the U.S. House of Representatives.

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Index to Volume 65

Table of Contents, Third Series, Vol. 65, Nos. 2 & 3, Spring/Summer 2006

The Place of Mormon Handcart Companies in America’s Westward Migration Story

by William G. Hartley

William G. Hartley provides an overview of the experience, setting it in the context of the overall overland trail migration from the 1840s to the late 1860s.

Leadership, Planning, and Management of the 1856 Mormon Handcart Emigration

by Don H. Smith

Don H. Smith discusses the leadership, planning, and management of the 1856 handcart migration. He argues that those aspects of the plan were executed with care and skill and that the disasters that befell the last two companies of 1856 were due to factors beyond the leaders’ control.

Iowa City Bound: Mormon Migration by Sail and Rail, 1856–1857

by Fred E. Woods

Fred E. Woods, often using the voices of the emigrants themselves, narrates the experiences of those emigrants as they made their way by ship from Liverpool to the United States and then by rail to Iowa City.

Handcarts across Iowa: Trial Runs for the Willie, Haven, and Martin Handcart Companies

by Lyndia McDowell Carter

Lyndia Carter picks up the story from there, following three of the handcart companies - the Willie, Haven and Martin companies - across Iowa as they were tested to see if they were up to the challenge of crossing the Plains all the way to the Salt Lake Valley.

Faint Footsteps of 1856–1857 Retraced: The Location of the Iowa Mormon Handcart Route

by Steven F. Faux

Steven F. Faux carefully maps the route the handcart migrants followed across Iowa.

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Table of Contents, Third Series, Vol. 65, No. 1, Winter 2006

A Potent Influence: The YMCA and YWCA at Penn College, 1882–1920s

by Dorothy E. Finnegan

Dorothy E. Finnegan describes the potent influence the YMCA and YWCA had on Penn College’s early development, from 1882 to the 1920s. During those years, when the college’s institutional resources were minimal, the Y associations made vital contributions to the religious, physical, social, and economic life of the college and its students.

Race, Reading, and the Book Lovers Club, Des Moines, Iowa, 1925–1941

by Christine Pawley

Christine Pawley describes the activities of the Book Lovers Club, a club affiliated with the segregated Blue Triangle Branch of the YWCA in Des Moines, from 1925 to 1941. By analyzing what they read and how they reviewed what they read, Pawley finds that club members imagined multiple members for themselves­-as African Americans, as Iowans, and as educated, cultured citizens.

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