by J. L. Anderson
by David Brodnax Sr.
by Timothy B. Smith
by Christopher Nehls
Christopher Nehls analyzes the motives of members of the American Legion in Iowa who disrupted several of the speaking engagements of Socialist Ida Crouch-Hazlett when she toured Iowa in the summer of 1921. The Iowa Legionnaires, he concludes, were attempting to impose their conservative, nationalistic, classless vision of citizenship on the nation’s political culture.
by Jenny Barker Devine
Jenny Barker Devine traces the changing attitudes toward civil defense activities sponsored by the Iowa State Cooperative Extension Service in rural Iowa during the Cold War. She found that the educational civil defense programs the Extension Service created in the early 1960s at the request of rural residents and organizations, especially farm women, were popular, although there is little evidence that the programs had much practical effect on people’s preparations for nuclear war. After 1963, other social concerns preempted the preoccupation with the Cold War, and the Extension Service gradually abandoned civil defense programs.
by Susan C. Lawrence
Susan C. Lawrence concludes her three-part series on the history of medicine in Iowa, surveying developments from 1929 through 1950. After briefly laying out some of the major changes in medical organization and institutions in Iowa between 1929 and 1950, she focuses primarily on the effects that the rising costs of medical care had on ordinary Iowa physicians.
by Tom Morain
Tom Morain reflects on midwestern identity as a way of responding to and reviewing the new reference work, The American Midwest: An Interpretive Encyclopedia.