The Depression Dilemmas of Rural Iowa, 1929-1933
Publication Year: 2012
Published by: University of Missouri Press
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Introduction: “Main Traveled Gravel Roads” : An Iowa Tour before the Fall, 1929
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The “Home Folks” from Iowa filled the fourteen special railroad cars as the delegation departed from the West Branch depot on the morning of March 2, 1929, to attend the inauguration of Iowa’s ...
1. October 1929: The Stock Market Plummets: Echoes during the Fall Plowing: Iowa’s Reactions to the Wall Street Crash
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The Wolf of Wall Street played only for a Friday and Saturday night, October 11 and 12, at the Iowa Theatre on Winterset’s town square, but the movie certainly advertised itself well. “A story of terrific ...
2. Welfare: Renewed Concerns, New Prescriptions: Politics of Farm Children’s Health
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Once an Iowa boy, President Herbert Hoover organized a Committee on Child Health and Protection in November 1930 that proclaimed a new health doctrine: the promoting and ...
3. Domesticity: Making Do: Farm Women’s Coping through Creative Homemaking
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Make it over, Wear it out, Make it do, Or do without.” With the motto of “making do” in mind, one could make Depression Pie by combining sugar, flour, broken-up bread, milk, eggs, and cinnamon; ...
4. Art: An Athens of Sorts” : Poetry of Place and Farm Playlets
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American Gothic by Grant Wood surprised the art world and the general public in 1930 with his rather dour image of an Iowa farmer and his daughter posing with tools in hand before their farmhouse. The ...
5. Industry: The Angry, Fading District Thirteen: The Demise of Soft-Coal Mining
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Under the Iowa cornfields near Madrid, over four hundred coal miners struggled to load the day’s tons. One of the miners, George Kruich, followed his miner’s lamp as he braced the tunnel roof ...
6. Violence: Gangsters, Bandits, Mad Men, and Suicides: Fear, Anger, and Death within a Troubled Landscape
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With his rifle slung over his shoulder, John Kingrey, a 25-year-old several payments behind on his Model T, started to slowly walk one summer evening across the field from his father’s barn to ...
7. Policy: Prohibition Possibly Prohibited: Voicing Temperance Concerns
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Mrs. Albert G. Ossian, president of a local Women’s Christian Temperance Union, delivered a short talk at the annual reception for the school faculty in Stanton on November 7, 1929. ...
8. November 1932: The Presidential Farm Campaigns: Dealing Anew or Same Stacked Deck?
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The Great Depression did not start on Wall Street,” editor Deemer Lee firmly believed, but rather “it spawned in Emmet County, for one place, as farm deflation spread to the equipment industry, to ...
Conclusion: The Depth Yet the Crest: Iowa’s Dilemmas by 1933
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In 1932 father suffered a fatal heart attack and passed away, leaving mother with two daughters and a pile of debts,” began Frances Geinzer’s story of her Iowa ...
Epilogue: “Too Much” and “Too Little” : Rural Iowa after 1933
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Dairy families lived in this neighborhood thirty years ago,” explains David Faldet about the long-term consequences of New Deal government policies on Iowa’s farmers, “but the pattern and use has ...
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Page Count: 253
Publication Year: 2012