by Joanne Abel Goldman
Joanne Abel Goldman, associate professor of history at the Uni¬versity of Northern Iowa, describes the five volumes published by Iowa’s Department of Public Instruction in the early 1950s that provided a com¬pre¬hensive plan for education about atomic science, including the threat of nuclear war, for Iowa citizens of all ages. Individual volumes provided cur-ricula for elementary school, secondary school, and college and uni¬versity students and educational programming for adults. The plan was praised at the time as the most comprehensive statewide plan for atomic education in the nation.
by Derek Oden
Derek Oden, associate professor of history at Del Mar College in Cor¬pus Christi, Texas, recounts the hazards faced by family farmers in Iowa and the Midwest as the use of sophisticated technological equipment on the farm increased dramatically in the decades after 1940. He argues that the combination of increasing use of new technologies with the unique set¬ting in which Corn Belt farmers worked, where the home intersected with a highly industrialized work¬place, resulted in hazards for the entire family.
by Shari Rabin
Shari Rabin, a doctoral candidate in the Department of Religious Studies at Yale University, uses correspondence from Jews in early Iowa to show how Iowa Jews used the Jewish press to create and disseminate authority, information, and community, in the process shaping local Jewish life and creating a national American Jewry.
by Patricia N. Dawson
Patricia N. Dawson, librarian/curator at the Hubbell Museum and Library in Des Moines, provides biographical information on three generations of the Cowles family, one of the most influential families in Iowa history, and describes the collection of materials about the family held by Cowles Library at Drake University.
by Matthew Lindaman
Matthew Lindaman, professor of history at Winona State University, illustrates the efforts of the Younkers department store in Des Moines to project an image of sacrifice and civic engagement during World War II while simultaneously creatively planning for the postwar years. Mixing support for the war effort with promotions encouraging the public to keep shopping, Younkers’s version of the politics of sacrifice, Lindaman concludes, proved that patriotism and the promotion of purchasing were not mutually exclusive during the war.
by Coreen Derifield
Coreen Derifield, history instructor at East Central College in Union, Missouri, shows that a national movement of women working outside of the home converged with an industrial boom in Iowa to spark tremendous growth in the number of Iowa women working in man¬u¬facturing between 1950 and 1970. Her survey of those female factory workers indicates that a variety of manufacturing firms hired women under different conditions, and a range of push and pull factors motivated women to work for those industrial firms.