Iowa History Reader

Iowa History Reader

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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 more

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  • Paperback | 476 pages
  • 147.32 x 223.52 x 27.94mm | 589.67g
  • University of Iowa Press
  • Iowa, United States
  • English
  • Trade Pbk.
  • 4 maps, 16 tables
  • 1587296349
  • 9781587296345

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This new edition of the "Iowa History Reader" is a welcome updating of an invaluable collection of essays first published in 1996. Encapsulating a wide range of the finest scholarship on Iowa s history, the "Iowa History Reader "illuminates the distinctive characteristics and issues in the state s development from its early settlement through the present. Longtime "Annals of Iowa" editor Marvin Bergman s selections for the volume include an extensive and perceptive array of important essays that squarely focus on key elements of Iowa s history, including Native American, agricultural, political, ethnic, cultural, and industrial themes. In a new preface for this edition, Bergman has brought each essay s bibliographical notes up to date. Scholars and a wide range of other interested readers will embrace and applaud this indispensable book. Wilson J. Warren, author, "Tied to the Great Packing Machine: The Midwest and Meatpacking ""show more

About James C. Mohr

Marvin Bergman received his Ph.D. in American religious history from the University of Chicago Divinity School. He has edited the Annals of Iowa for the State Historical Society of Iowa since 1987. With Shelton Stromquist he is the coeditor of Unionizing the Jungles: Labor and Community in the Twentieth-Century Meatpacking Industry (IOWA, 1997).show more

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