Annals of Iowa
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Table of Contents
Third Series, Vol. 76, No. 3, Summer 2017
"Land Was the Main Basis for Business": Markets, Merchants, and Communities in Frontier Iowa
By Jeff Bremer
Jeff Bremer, associate professor of history at Iowa State University, describes how settlers in early Iowa—far from the self- sufficient farmers of frontier myth—participated in the expanding market system of the United States from the very beginning of the settlement process.
The Making of a Midwestern Catholicism: Identities, Ethnicity, and Catholic Culture in Iowa City, 1840-1940
By Michael J. Pfeifer
Michael J. Pfeifer, professor of history at John Jay College of Criminal Justice and the CUNY Graduate Center, traces the history of Iowa City’s transnational, multiethnic Catholic cultures from their origins in a single uneasily integrated parish to its fracturing into distinct ethnic parishes. In the twentieth century, pressures of assimilation, he argues, undermined ethnic identities, eventually rendering ethnic Catholicism a quaint memory.
Explaining Gubernatorial Stability in Iowa: A Review Essay and Author's Response
By James C. Larew and Christopher W. Larimer
James C. Larew reviews a book about gubernatorial stability in Iowa, and the author, Christopher W. Larimer, responds.
Book Reviews and Notices
You are invited to submit articles, edited documents, and other annotated, unpublished primary materials on Iowa history and on subjects concerning the nation and the Midwest with an Iowa focus. Regional and local studies of political, economic, social, cultural, ethnic, institutional, archeological, and architectural history are welcome.
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