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1 BURNS, E. BRADFORD. Kinship With The Land: Regionalist Thought In Iowa, 1894-1942.
University of Iowa Press, Iowa City: 1996. 0977455341 First Edition. h Hardcover with dustjacket. Good condition. 
Pioneers moving into Iowa in the nineteenth century created a distinctly rural culture: family, farm, church, and school were its dominant institutions. After decades of settlement, however, several lively and perceptive generations interpreted their political, economic, and cultural environment - their Iowa - much more imaginatively; they offered such abundant insight, understnading, meaning, and mission that they mentally and spiritually recereated Iowa. In Kinship with the Land historian Brad Burns celebrates this intense period of intellectual and cultural development. Includes an Index. 
Price: 20.66 USD
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2 FAY, TIMOTHY. The Wapsipinicon Almanac, Number 15.
Route 3 Press, Anamosa. First Printing. s Softcover. Brand new book. 
Here is an authentic Iowa almanac produced by letterpress. Filled with homespun wisdom from many of the locals. This is a volume that will take you back to a less complicated America but one that deserves to be treasured for the many values we tend to ignore nowadays. 
Price: 7.13 USD
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3 GILBERT, LELA; BAK, ELLEN (PHOTOGRAPHY). Lit By The Sun: The Art And Artists Of The Hotel Pattee.
Carpe Diem Books, Portland: 2001. 0971355509 / 9780971355507 First Edition (Unstated). h Hardcover with dustjacket. Like New. 
With its Colonial Revival exterior, its Arts and Crafts interior, and the work of more than thirty artists adorning its walls and grounds, the Hotel Pattee stands as a celebration of Iowa, its story, and its people in a wide variety of visual art forms. Lit by the Sun: The Art and Artists of the Hotel Pattee is a detailed tour of the paintings, sculptures, quilts, and installations that decorate the walls of this historic Iowa landmark. The book includes reproductions of works of art as well as intimate profiles of the artists, most of them from Iowa or the Midwest, and descriptions of their media, their influences, and their inspirations. Includes an Index. 
Price: 40.99 USD
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4 OSSIAN, LISA L. The Depression Dilemmas Of Rural Iowa, 1929-1933.
University of Missouri Press, Columbia: . h Hardcover with dustjacket. Brand new book. 
To many rural Iowans, the stock market crash on New York's Wall Street in October 1929 seemed an event far removed from their lives, even though the effects of the crash became all too real throughout the state. From 1929 to 1933, the enthusiastic faith that most Iowans had in Iowan President Herbert Hoover was transformed into bitter disappointment with the federal government. As a result, Iowans directly questioned their leadership at the state, county, and community levels with a renewed spirit to salvage family farms, demonstrating the uniqueness of Iowa's rural life. Beginning with an overview of the state during 1929, Lisa L. Ossian describes Iowa's particular rural dilemmas, evoking, through anecdotes and examples, the economic, nutritional, familial, cultural, industrial, criminal, legal, and political challenges that engaged the people of the state. The following chapters analyze life during the early Depression: new prescriptions for children's health, creative housekeeping to stretch resources, the use of farm "playlets" to communicate new information creatively and memorably, the demise of the soft coal mining industry, increased violence within the landscape, and the movement to end Prohibition. The challenges faced in the early Great Depression years between 1929 and 1933 encouraged resourcefulness rather than passivity, creativity rather than resignation, and community rather than hopelessness. Of particular interest is the role of women within the rural landscape, as much of the increased daily work fell to farm women during this time. While the women addressed this work simply as "making do," Ossian shows that their resourcefulness entailed complex planning essential for families' emotional and physical health. Ossian's epilogue takes readers into the Iowa of today, dominated by industrial agriculture, and asks the reader to consider if this model that stemmed from Depression-era innovation is sustainable. Her rich rural history not only helps readers understand the particular forces at work that shaped the social and physical landscape of the past but also traces how these landscapes have continued in various forms for almost eighty years into this century. Lisa L. Ossian is the author of The Forgotten Generation: American Children and the Second World War and The Home Fronts of Iowa, 1939-1945 (both available from the University of Missouri Press). She is Codirector of the Iowa Studies Center and Professor of History at Des Moines Area Community College. She lives in Des Moines, Iowa. 2012 recipient of the Shambaugh Award from the State Historical Society of Iowa. 
Price: 42.75 USD
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5 SOIKE, LOWELL J. Necessary Courage: Iowa's Underground Railroad In The Struggle Against Slavery.
University of Iowa Press, Iowa City: 2013. Iowa and the Midwest Experience Series. s Softcover. Brand new book. 
During the 1850s and early 1860s, Iowa, the westernmost free state bordering a slave state, stood as a bulwark of antislavery sentiment while the decades-long struggle over slavery shifted westward. On its southern border lay Missouri, the northernmost slaveholding state. To its west was the Kansas-Nebraska Territory, where proslavery and antislavery militias battled. Missouri slaves fled to Iowa seeking freedom, finding opponents of slavery who risked their lives and livelihoods to help them, as well as bounty hunters who forced them back into bondage. When opponents of slavery streamed west across the state's broad prairies to prevent slaveholders from dominating Kansas, Iowans fed, housed, and armed the antislavery settlers. Not a few young Iowa men also took up arms. In Necessary Courage, historian Lowell J. Soike details long-forgotten stories of determined runaways and the courageous Iowans who acted as conductors on this most dangerous of railroads—the underground railroad. Alexander Clark, an African American businessman in Muscatine, hid a young fugitive in his house to protect him from slavecatchers while he fought for his freedom in the courts. While keeping antislavery newspapers fully apprised of the battle against human bondage in western Iowa, Elvira Gaston Platt drove a wagon full of fugitives to the next safe house under the noses of her proslavery neighbors. John Brown, fleeing across Iowa with a price on his head for the murders of proslavery Kansas settlers, relied on Iowans like Josiah Grinnell and William Penn Clarke to keep him, his men, and the twelve Missouri slaves they had liberated hidden from the authorities. Several young Iowans went on to fight alongside Brown at Harpers Ferry. These stories and many more are told here. A suspenseful and often heartbreaking tale of desperation, courage, cunning, and betrayal, this book reveals the critical role that Iowans played in the struggle against slavery and the coming of the Civil War. Now retired from the State Historic Preservation Office of the State Historical Society of Iowa, Lowell J. Soike directed the Iowa Freedom Trail project, dedicated to recovering the history of the underground railroad in the state. Dr. Soike earned his PhD at the University of Iowa and lives in Des Moines, Iowa. Now retired from the State Historic Preservation Office of the State Historical Society of Iowa, Lowell J. Soike directed the Iowa Freedom Trail project, dedicated to recovering the history of the underground railroad in the state. Dr. Soike earned his PhD at the University of Iowa and lives in Des Moines, Iowa. "This book represents the culmination of the Iowa Freedom Trail Grant Project, which presents the first comprehensive statewide survey of the intriguing people, long-forgotten places, and exciting events associated with the history of abolition and the underground railroad in Iowa prior to and during the Civil War."—Douglas W. Jones, Iowa Freedom Trail grant project manager, State Historical Society of Iowa, Des Moines "For far too long, Underground Railroad histories have ignored the important role that Iowa played in the fight to end slavery. In a nice overview, Soike tells the stories of those individuals—enslaved and free, black and white, male and female—who had the 'necessary courage' to prevail against the tragedy of slavery."—Deanda Johnson, Midwest regional manager, National Park Service's Network to Freedom 
Price: 23.70 USD
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