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The following sources are recommended by an expert whose research specialty is the history of Iowa.


Six Superlative Sources

· Bergman, Marvin, ed. Iowa History Reader (State Historical Society of Iowa in association with Iowa State University Press, 1996).

· Dawson, Patricia, and David Hudson. Iowa History and Culture: A Bibliography of Materials Published between 1952 and 1986 (State Historical Society of Iowa in association with Iowa State University Press, 1989). See also the update through 1991 in 3 issues of the Annals of Iowa 52 (State Historical Society of Iowa, 1993).

· Sage, Leland. A History of Iowa (Iowa State University Press, 1974).

· Schwieder, Dorothy. Iowa: The Middle Land (Iowa State University Press, 1996).

· Schwieder, Dorothy. "Iowa: The Middle Land." In: Heartland: Comparative Histories of the Midwestern States, Madison, James, H., ed., (Indiana University Press, 1988).

· Wall, Joseph. Iowa: A Bicentennial History (Norton, 1978).

Other Excellent Sources

· Acton, Richard Lord, and Patricia Nassif Acton. To Go Free: A Treasury of Iowa's Legal Heritage (Iowa State University Press, 1995).

· The Annals of Iowa (quarterly journal of the State Historical Society of Iowa, 1863-present).

· Atherton, Lewis. Main Street on the Middle Border (Indiana University Press, 1954, 1984).

· Bataille, Gretchen, David Gradwohl, and Charles Silet, eds. The Worlds between Two Rivers: Perspectives on American Indians in Iowa (Iowa State University Press, 1978, 1987, 2000).

· Bergmann, Leola Nelson. The Negro in Iowa (State Historical Society of Iowa, 1949, 1969).

· Bogue, Allan. From Prairie to Corn Belt: Farming on the Illinois and Iowa Prairies in the Nineteenth Century (University of Chicago Press, 1963; Iowa State University Press, 1994).

· Bunkers, Suzanne. "All Will Yet Be Well": The Diary of Sarah Gillespie Huftalen, 1873-1952 (University of Iowa Press, 1993).

· Burns, E. Bradford. Kinship with the Land: Regionalist Thought in Iowa, 1894-1942 (University of Iowa Press, 1996).

· Conard, Rebecca. Places of Quiet Beauty: Parks, Preserves, and Environmentalism (University of Iowa Press, 1997).

· Cook, Robert. Baptism of Fire: The Republican Party in Iowa, 1838-1878 (Iowa State University Press, 1994).

· Culver, John C., and John Hyde. American Dreamer: The Life and Times of Henry A. Wallace (Norton, 2000).

· Danbom, David. The Resisted Revolution: Urban America and the Industrialization of Agriculture, 1900-1930 (Iowa State University Press, 1979).

· Dykstra, Robert R. Bright Radical Star: Black Freedom and White Supremacy on the Hawkeye Frontier (Harvard University Press, 1993; Iowa State University Press, 1997).

· Fink, Deborah. Cutting into the Meat-Packing Line: Workers and Change in the Rural Midwest (University of North Carolina Press, 1998).

· Fink, Deborah. Open Country, Iowa: Rural Women, Tradition, and Change (State University of New York Press, 1986).

· Friedberger, Mark. Farm Families and Change in Twentieth-Century America (University Press of Kentucky, 1988).

· Gjerde, Jon. The Minds of the West: Ethnocultural Evolution in the Rural Midwest, 1830-1917 (University of North Carolina Press, 1997).

· The Goldfinch (children's history magazine published by the State Historical Society of Iowa, 1975-2000).

· Hudson, John. Making the Corn Belt: A Geographical History of Middle-Western Agriculture (Indiana University Press, 1994).

· Iowa Heritage Illustrated (quarterly magazine of the State Historical Society of Iowa, 1996-present; formerly The Palimpsest).

· Iowa Journal of History and Politics (quarterly journal of the State Historical Society of Iowa, 1903-1960).

· Jellison, Katherine. Entitled to Power: Farm Women and Technology, 1913-1963 (University of North Carolina Press, 1993).

· Jensen, Richard J. The Winning of the Midwest: Social and Political Conflict, 1886-1896 (University of Chicago Press, 1971).

· Kirschner, Don. City and Country: Rural Responses to Urbanization in the 1920s (Greenwood Press, 1970).

· Larew, James. A Party Reborn: The Democrats of Iowa, 1950-1974 (Iowa State Historical Society, 1980).

· Lensink, Judy. "A Secret to be Buried": The Diary and Life of Emily Hawley Gillespie, 1858-1888 (University of Iowa Press, 1989).

· Mahoney, Timothy. River Towns in the Great West: The Structure of Provincial Urbanization in the Midwest, 1820-1870 (Cambridge University Press, 1990).

· Mahoney, Timothy. Provincial Lives: Middle-Class Experience in the Antebellum Middle West (Cambridge University Press, 1999).

· McTaggart, Fred. Wolf That I Am: In Search of the Red Earth People (Houghton Mifflin, 1976; University of Oklahoma Press, 1984).

· Morain, Thomas. Prairie Grass Roots: An Iowa Small Town in the Early Twentieth Century (Iowa State University Press, 1988).

· Murphy, Lucy Eldersveld, and Wendy Hamand Venet, eds. Midwestern Women: Work, Community, and Leadership at the Crossroads (Indiana University Press, 1998).

· Nelson, Daniel. Farm and Factory: Workers in the Midwest, 1880-1990 (Indiana University Press, 1995).

· Neth, Mary C. Preserving the Family Farm: Women, Community, and the Foundation of Agribusiness in the Midwest, 1900-1940 (John Hopkins University Press, 1995).

· Noun, Louise. Strong-Minded Women: The Emergence of the Woman-Suffrage Movement in Iowa (Iowa State University Press, 1969, 1986).

· Noun, Louise. More Strong-Minded Women: Iowa Feminists Tell Their Stories (Iowa State University Press, 1992, 2000).

· Ostler, Jeffrey. Prairie Populism: The Fate of Agrarian Radicalism in Kansas, Nebraska, and Iowa, 1880-1892 (University Press of Kansas, 1993).

· The Palimpsest (quarterly magazine published by the State Historical Society of Iowa, 1920-1995; continued by Iowa Heritage Illustrated).

· Pawley, Christine. Reading on the Middle Border: The Culture of Print in Late Nineteenth-Century Osage, Iowa (University of Massachusetts Press, 2001).

· Reynolds, David R. There Goes the Neighborhood: Rural School Consolidation at the Grass Roots in Early Twentieth-Century Iowa (University of Iowa Press, 1999).

· Riley, Glenda. Frontierswomen: The Iowa Experience (Iowa State University Press, 1981, 1994).

· Ross, Earle D. Iowa Agriculture: An Historical Survey (State Historical Society of Iowa, 1951).

· Schwieder, Dorothy, Elmer Schwieder, and Joseph Hraba. Buxton: Work and Racial Equality in a Coal Mining Community (Iowa State University Press, 1987).

· Silag, William, and Hal Chase. Outside In: African-American History in Iowa, 1838-1998 (State Historical Society of Iowa, 2001).

· Stromquist, Shelton. Solidarity and Survival: An Oral History of Iowa Labor in the Twentieth Century (University of Iowa Press, 1993).

· Tucker, Cynthia Grant. Prophetic Sisterhood: Liberal Women Ministers of the Frontier, 1880-1930 (Beacon Press, 1990; Indiana University Press, 1994).

· Warren, Wilson. Struggling with "Iowa's Pride": Labor Relations, Unionism, and Politics in the Rural Midwest since 1877 (University of Iowa Press, 2000).

· Weber, Ronald. The Midwestern Ascendancy in American Writing (Indiana University Press, 1992).

· Winebrenner, Hugh. The Iowa Precinct Caucuses: The Making of a Media Event, (Iowa State University Press, 1987, 1998).

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