by Leslie Stegh
Leslie Stegh, retired records manager at John Deere, recounts the details of a series of strikes in Waterloo and the organized opposition from employers. He emphasizes the dispute over workers’ right to collective bargaining, the efforts by both sides to use local newspapers to sway public opinion, the relative absence of violence during the strikes, and the ultimately unsuccessful attempt to organize workers across industries to achieve a general strike.
by Kathryn A. Schumaker
Kathryn A. Schumaker, a lecturer in the Institute for the American Constitutional Heritage at the University of Oklahoma, describes the struggle for civil rights reform in Waterloo’s public schools in the late 1960s and early 1970s. Initiated by students seeking more equitable treatment in their schools, their movement was coopted by a plan to desegregate the city’s schools that ignored many of the students’ basic concerns.
Marriage and Dependence in Iowa and U.S. Law: Acuff v. Schmit, 1956
by Kate Hoey and Joy Smith
Kate Hoey and Joy Smith analyze the context and consequences of an important legal case decided by the Iowa Supreme Court in 1956, Acuff v. Schmit. The case established a wife’s right to claim loss of consortium. The authors show, however, that although the decision did extend mar¬ried women’s legal rights, it rested on a traditional cultural commitment to marriage and did not represent a fundamental change in the courts’ view of the hierarchical relationship between husbands and wives.
by Anna L. Bostwick Flaming
Anna L. Bostwick Flaming describes the programs of The Door Opener, a center for displaced homemakers in Mason City. She shows, in particular, that, in a place and time marked by skepticism of both feminism and state-run antipoverty programs, The Door Opener’s success depended on a strategic use of government funds and feminist critiques to better the lives of former homemakers in Iowa.
by Marvin Bergman
by Lisa R. Lindell
Lisa R. Lindell, a catalog librarian at Hilton M. Briggs Li¬brary at South Dakota State University, provides an account of the education of Linnie Haguewood at the Iowa College for the Blind and elsewhere in the 1890s. Dubbed by the press “the Helen Keller of the West,” Haguewood, like Keller, experienced not only a dedication to her education and well-being, but also the construction of a public persona for her built on media representations and societal expectations that reflected prevailing Victorian notions about gender and people with disabilities.
by S Zebulon Baker
S Zebulon Baker, a visiting instructor of history at Georgia South¬ern University, assesses the post–World War II encounters of the racially integrated football teams at Drake University, Iowa State University, and the University of Iowa with teams representing institutions in the South. Iowans, Baker argues, embraced racial equality on the gridiron during this period, and saw sports, generally, as a vehicle for combating racism in American life. But that ideal, as he shows, was persistently challenged, even as the context evolved, in encounters with southern institutions.
by Pamela Riney-Kehrberg
by Steve McNutt
Steve McNutt, a doctoral candidate in Language, Literacy, and Culture at the University of Iowa, describes and sets in context the debates on intelligence testing between Stanford University’s Lewis Terman and the University of Iowa’s George Stoddard. Stoddard defended the findings of the University of Iowa’s Child Welfare Research station at a time when they were unpopular in part because they challenged prevailing views on intelligence and their relationship to ideas about meritocracy.
by Peggy Ann Brown
Peggy Ann Brown, an independent historian in Washington, D.C., provides a lively, informative account of a U.S. agricultural delegation, made up largely of Iowans or people with some Iowa connection, to the Soviet Union in 1955. That delegation, along with a simultaneous visit by Soviet officials to American farms and the many public lectures members of the delegation gave upon their return, helped to reassure anxious Cold War–era Americans that residents of the Soviet Union, like them, desired peace and personal interactions. The delegation helped pave the way for more such cultural interactions in the future.