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7. What Iowa History textbooks are available?



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A Brief Overview of Iowa History
By Margaret Atherton Bonney


Christian, S. (2003). Iowa. Mankato, MN: Capstone.
An introduction to the geography, history, government, politics, economy, resources, people and culture of Iowa, including maps, charts and a recipe.

Fargo, O.J.,  (1983). A history of Iowa. Creston, IA: Green Valley AEA 14.
An overview of the history of Iowa including Iowa's earliest geological history through 1950.  Supplemental books available on the following topics:  Transportation, Fur Trade, Pioneers, Pioneer Farming, Agriculture, Early Industry, Geography, Education, Tracing Your Roots, Immigrants, Mormons In Iowa, Civil War, Indians, Trees. 

Fargo, O.J.,  (1990).  True tales from Iowa's past. Creston, IA: Green Valley AEA 14.
Includes stories of 127 episodes in Iowa history.  Supplemental western history booklets available on the following topics:  Indian Culture, Indian Wars, Transportation, Oregon Trail, Mining, Frontier Military, Western Overview, Settlers, Cattle Fur trade, Townbuilders.

Fradin, D. (1994). Iowa - from sea to shining sea series.  Connecticut: Children's Press.
Iowa, part of the 'From Sea to Shining Sea' series discusses the geography, history, industries, and famous people. Features full color photographs, 64 pages, for grades 3-5.

Gensicke, M., Griffin, S. (2000) Iowa - fun facts & games. Aliso Viejo, CA: G H B Publishers.
Fun Facts & Games is a series of interactive workbooks that entertain, teach, and stimulate children to learn more about the area where they live, will visit, or would like to visit.

Hintz, M. (2000). Iowa - America the beautiful series. Connecticut:  Children's Press.
From the America the Beautiful series, Iowa features full color photographs, maps, fast facts and is fully indexed. 144 pages, grades 4-8.

Kule, E. (2000). Iowa facts and symbols. Mankato, MN: Bridgestone Books.
An ideal resource for report writing and teaching. Fast Facts highlight each state's capital city, largest city, physical size, population, natural resources, and primary manufactured goods. 24 pages, grades 3-5.

Ladoux, R. (1997).  Iowa- hello U.S.A. series. Minneapolis, MN:  Lerner Publications Company.
From the 'Hello U.S.A.' series, this book takes you on a tour of the history, geography, people, economy, and environment of Iowa. Features colorful photos, easy-to-read text, and fascinating facts sidebars. 84 pages, grades 3-6.

Schwieder, D., Morain, T. & Nielsen, L. (2002). Iowa past to present. 3rd edition. Ames, IA: Iowa State University Press.
Eighteen chapters overviewing the history of Iowa from prehistory through the present.  A teacher's guide is available with lesson plans and activity ideas as well. 

Thompson, K. (1996). Iowa - portrait of America series. Chicago, IL:  Raintree/Steck-Vaughn. Portrait of America fills in the facts of history, economy, and culture with vignettes of individual residents, special events, and featured industries. 48 pages, grades 3-12.


University of Iowa Press lists a significant collection of books related to Iowa history and the regional Midwest.

Books on Iowa and the Midwest
Published by University Iowa Press

Iowa History Reader
Edited by Marvin Bergman

Buxton A Black Utopia in the Heartland, An Expanded Edition
By Dorothy Schwieder, Joseph Hraba, and Elmer Schwieder

An Iowa Album: A Photographic History, 1860-1920
By Mary Bennett

Iowa: The Middle Land
By Dorothy Schweider

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