SOURCE: The Bulwark
The Conspiracy Theorists Are Coming for Your Schools
by Thomas Lecaque
"Over the past year, as the conspiracy theorists have come together under one big apocalyptic tent we have seen organized campaigns of harassment, threats of violence, attempts to harm members of school administrations, and physical altercations at school board meetings when masks are mandated."
Keep History Teachers Free to Teach, in Iowa and the Nation
by Wallace Hettle
"I’m not a lawyer, but it appears that the legislature has just passed a law against hurt feelings."
SOURCE: Quad City Times
Editorial: Leave History to the Historians
An Iowa editorial board says that the flaws of the 1619 Project are nothing in comparison to the efforts of state legislators to interfere in the content of history education.
SOURCE: Iowa City Press-Citizen
UI Historian Reveals Iowa City's Racially Restrictive Covenants
A project from historian Colin Gordon and his research team accounts racially-restrictive deed covenants and subdivision restrictions in Johnson County, Iowa.
SOURCE: Washington Post
Torched sheds and ‘snap’ votes: The Iowa caucuses have been a hot mess for a century
By the turn of the century, political leaders from opposing parties grew weary of the shenanigans and more or less began begging for ballot systems — not in tweet storms, but by writing letters to their local newspapers.
Jimmy Carter and The Myth That Gave the Iowa Caucuses Their Political Power
by Wallace Hettle
Carter focused on the state and did well in the caucuses, which set him, an unknown, on the path to the nomination. Presidential hopefuls have flocked to the state ever since. However, Carter’s story is not quite that simple.
Why Is Iowa the First State to Vote?
Since 1972, the Iowa Caucus has been the first—and some argue most important—electoral test on the road to each party’s presidential nomination. But how did it get that way?
SOURCE: The Des Moines Register
Iowa state museum says it needs $80 million for repairs
When it rains, workers at the State Historical Building strategically place large potted plants around the atrium to catch water dripping from the leaky skylights.
Remembering Elbert B. Smith
by Senator Tom Harkin
E.B. Smith in the 1960s.Madam President, with the recent death of Dr. Elbert B. Smith -- known to his friends simply as "E.B."-- I lost a much beloved mentor, advisor, and friend.Obituaries in the Washington Post and elsewhere have captured the essential facts of his life. Since 1990, he was professor emeritus at the University of Maryland. He served in the Navy in World War II, earned his master's degree and PhD at the University of Chicago, and taught at Iowa State University, among other colleges, before joining the faculty at Maryland in 1968. Over the years, he also served as a Fulbright professor at the University of Tokyo and at Moscow State University, and elsewhere. He ran unsuccessfully for the U.S. Senate as a Democrat in Iowa in 1962 and again in 1966.What those factual obituaries fail to capture is the spirit of this remarkable man -- his personal warmth, his talent for friendship, his great love of history and scholarship, and his passion for progressive causes.
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