Iowa City

Author: Bob Hibbs

Publisher: Arcadia Publishing

ISBN: 9780738584027

Category: History

Page: 127

View: 8060

After raucous times on the western frontier during the 1840s and 1850s, Iowa City settled into a relatively sleepy existence while its principal industry, the University of Iowa, was finding its way from obscurity into an important Iowa resource. Its once-too-small-to-succeed university hospital has blossomed into a medical and economic powerhouse. Research in widely varied fields, from space science to microbiology, finds fertile grounds and minds. Big Ten football beckons on fall Saturdays.

Why Iowa?

How Caucuses and Sequential Elections Improve the Presidential Nominating Process

Author: David P. Redlawsk,Caroline J. Tolbert,Todd Donovan

Publisher: University of Chicago Press

ISBN: 0226706966

Category: Political Science

Page: 314

View: 5711

If Barack Obama had not won in Iowa, most commentators believe that he would not have been able to go on to capture the Democratic nomination for president. Why Iowa? offers the definitive account of those early weeks of the campaign season: from how the Iowa caucuses work and what motivates the candidates’ campaigns, to participation and turnout, as well as the lingering effects that the campaigning had on Iowa voters. Demonstrating how “what happens in Iowa” truly reverberates throughout the country, five-time Iowa precinct caucus chair David P. Redlawsk and his coauthors take us on an inside tour of one of the most media-saturated and speculated-about campaign events in American politics. Considering whether a sequential primary system, in which early, smaller states such as Iowa and New Hampshire have such a tremendous impact is fair or beneficial to the country as a whole, the authors here demonstrate that not only is the impact warranted, but it also reveals a great deal about informational elements of the campaigns. Contrary to conventional wisdom, this sequential system does confer huge benefits on the nominating process while Iowa’s particularly well-designed caucus system—extensively explored here for the first time—brings candidates’ arguments, strengths, and weaknesses into the open and under the media’s lens.

Frontier Forts of Iowa

Indians, Traders, and Soldiers, 1682-1862

Author: William E. Whittaker

Publisher: University of Iowa Press

ISBN: 1587298821

Category: History

Page: 277

View: 3307

At least fifty-six frontier forts once stood in, or within view of, what is now the state of Iowa. The earliest date to the 1680s, while the latest date to the Dakota uprising of 1862. Some were vast compounds housing hundreds of soldiers; others consisted of a few sheds built by a trader along a riverbank. Regardless of their size and function—William Whittaker and his contributors include any compound that was historically called a fort, whether stockaded or not, as well as all military installations—all sought to control and manipulate Indians to the advantage of European and American traders, governments, and settlers. Frontier Forts of Iowa draws extensively upon the archaeological and historical records to document this era of transformation from the seventeenth-century fur trade until almost all Indians had been removed from the region. The earliest European-constructed forts along the Mississippi, Des Moines, and Missouri rivers fostered a complex relationship between Indians and early traders. After the Louisiana Purchase of 1804, American military forts emerged in the Upper Midwest, defending the newly claimed territories from foreign armies, foreign traders, and foreign-supported Indians. After the War of 1812, new forts were built to control Indians until they could be moved out of the way of American settlers; forts of this period, which made extensive use of roads and trails, teamed a military presence with an Indian agent who negotiated treaties and regulated trade. The final phase of fort construction in Iowa occurred in response to the Spirit Lake massacre and the Dakota uprising; the complete removal of the Dakota in 1863 marked the end of frontier forts in a state now almost completely settled by Euro-Americans. By focusing on the archaeological evidence produced by many years of excavations and by supporting their words with a wealth of maps and illustrations, the authors uncover the past and connect it with the real history of real places. In so doing they illuminate the complicated and dramatic history of the Upper Midwest in a time of enormous change. Past is linked to present in the form of a section on visiting original and reconstructed forts today. Contributors: Gayle F. Carlson Jeffrey T. Carr Lance M. Foster Kathryn E. M. Gourley Marshall B. McKusick Cindy L. Nagel David J. Nolan Cynthia L. Peterson Leah D. Rogers Regena Jo Schantz Christopher M. Schoen Vicki L. Twinde-Javner William E. Whittaker

History of Iowa

Author: B.F. Gue

Publisher: Рипол Классик

ISBN: 5876154091

Category: History

Page: N.A

View: 5915

by Benjamin T. Gue: The Pioneer Period.- V. 2. the Civil War.- V. 3. from 1866 to 1903.- V. 4. Iowa Biography

Iowa's Forgotten General

Matthew Mark Trumbull and the Civil War

Author: Kenneth Lyftogt

Publisher: University of Iowa Press

ISBN: 1587297345

Category: History

Page: 128

View: 6148

Matthew Mark Trumbull was a Londoner who immigrated at the age of twenty. Within ten years of his arrival in America, he had become a lawyer in Butler County, Iowa; two years later a member of the state legislature; and two years after that a captain in the Union Army. By the end of the Civil War, he was a brevet brigadier general, and in his later years he was an author and lecturer. Kenneth Lyftogt’s biography details the amazing life of this remarkable man, also shedding light on the histories of the Third Iowa Volunteer Infantry and the Ninth Iowa Volunteer Cavalry.

The Iowa

Author: William Harvey Miner

Publisher: N.A


Category: Iowa Indians

Page: 100

View: 7812



The Middle Land

Author: Dorothy Schwieder

Publisher: University of Iowa Press

ISBN: 9781587296765

Category: History

Page: 398

View: 5664

In this engrossing history of the Hawkeye State, Dorothy Schweider reveals a place of fascinating grassroots politics, economic troubles and triumphs, surprising cultural diversity, and unsung natural beauty. Above all, this is the history of the people of Iowa and the lives they have led—the accomplishments of both ordinary and not-so-ordinary Iowans.


Author: Vanessa Brown

Publisher: The Rosen Publishing Group

ISBN: 9781404230804

Category: Juvenile Nonfiction

Page: 32

View: 4207

Presents general information about the geography, history, industry, and lifestyle in the state of Iowa.

Iowa Letters

Dutch Immigrants on the American Frontier

Author: Johannes Stellingwerff,Robert P. Swierenga

Publisher: Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing

ISBN: 9780802826688

Category: Religion

Page: 701

View: 2002

Stellingwerff (Free U. of Amsterdam) and Swierenga (history, Hope College, Holland) present an expanded edition of the original Dutch text published under the title Amsterdamse Emigranten (Buijten & Schipperheijn, 1976). The text features some 215 immigrant letters relating to the midwestern frontier, from archives and private holdings on both side


Perspectives on Today and Tomorrow

Author: Robert James Waller

Publisher: Iowa State Press


Category: Economic forecasting

Page: 320

View: 657


Iowa's Minerals

Their Occurrence, Origins, Industries, and Lore

Author: Paul Garvin

Publisher: University of Iowa Press

ISBN: 9781609380144

Category: Nature

Page: 256

View: 3728



Off the Beaten Path

Author: Lori Erickson,Tracy Stuhr

Publisher: Globe Pequot Pr

ISBN: 9780762724789

Category: Travel

Page: 208

View: 7351

Dedicated to travelers with a taste for the unique, these easy-to-use, state-by-state guides will help readers discover the hidden places that most tourists miss -- shining the spotlight squarely on the offbeat. If it is funky, funny, little known, or out of the way, it will probably be found in Off the Beaten Path "RM." This series covers every state in the United States plus Washington, D.C., the Maritime Provinces, British Columbia, Quebec, Puerto Rico, and selected cities such as Boston and Chicago. Explore the Squirrel Cage Jail in Council Bluffs, a butterfly and insect collection at the Porter House Museum in Decorah, and thousands of statues -- from small turtles to 2,500-pound lions -- at Zimmerman Lawn Ornaments in Langworthy.

Iowa History Reader

Author: Marvin Bergman

Publisher: University of Iowa Press

ISBN: 1609380118

Category: History

Page: 470

View: 1756

In 1978 historian Joseph Wall wrote that Iowa was “still seeking to assert its own identity. . . . It has no real center where the elite of either power, wealth, or culture may congregate. Iowa, in short, is middle America.” In this collection of well-written and accessible essays, originally published in 1996, seventeen of the Hawkeye State’s most accomplished historians reflect upon the dramatic and not-so-dramatic shifts in the middle land’s history in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. Marvin Bergman has drawn upon his years of editing the Annals of Iowa to gather contributors who cross disciplines, model the craft of writing a historical essay, cover more than one significant topic, and above all interpret history rather than recite it. In his preface to this new printing, he calls attention to publications that begin to fill the gaps noted in the 1996 edition. Rather than survey the basic facts, the essayists engage readers in the actual making of Iowa’s history by trying to understand the meaning of its past. By providing comprehensive accounts of topics in Iowa history that embrace the broader historiographical issues in American history, such as the nature of Progressivism and Populism, the debate over whether women’s expanded roles in wartime carried over to postwar periods, and the place of quantification in history, the essayists contribute substantially to debates at the national level at the same time that they interpret Iowa’s distinctive culture.

The Iowa State Constitution

Author: Jack Stark

Publisher: Oxford University Press on Demand

ISBN: 0199779147

Category: Law

Page: 198

View: 4235

"The Iowa State Constitution is the first comprehensive analysis of the Iowa Constitution and its individual provisions. In it, Jack Stark presents a comprehensive overview of Iowa's constitutional historical development and discusses cases of particular importance. Also included are a bibliographic essay, table of cases, tables relating to constitutional conventions and amendments, and a general index, offering significant sources for further study. The Oxford Commentaries on the State Constitutions of the United States is an important new series that reflects a renewed international interest in constitutional history and provides expert insight into each of the 50 state constitutions. Each volume in this innovative series contains a historical overview of the state's constitutional development, a section-by-section analysis of its current constitution, and a comprehensive guide to further research. Under the expert editorship of Professor G. Alan Tarr, Director of the Center on State Constitutional Studies at Rutgers University, this series provides essential reference tools for understanding state constitutional law. Books in the series can be purchased individually or as part of a complete set, giving readers unmatched access to these importantpolitical documents"--