Annals of Iowa
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Table of Contents
Third Series, Vol. 74, No. 3, Summer 2015
A War for Principle? Shifting Memories of the Union Cause in Iowa, 1865–1916
By Robert Cook
Robert Cook, professor of American history at the University of Sussex in England, probes the development of public memory of the Civil War in Iowa from 1865 to 1916, focusing on its two main carriers during that period: the state Republican Party and Union veterans themselves. He concludes that reconciliation between North and South became increasingly important to Iowans, but Union veterans never gave up their conviction that they had fought on the right side.
Politics in Paint: The Creation, Destruction, and Restoration of the Cedar Rapids Federal Courthouse Mural
By Breanne Robertson
Breanne Robertson, a postdoctoral fellow at Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, recounts the creation, destruction, and restoration of a New Deal–era mural at the federal courthouse in Cedar Rapids (now the Cedar Rapids City Hall). She traces the sources of the mural’s style and iconography and considers the mural’s oscillating cultural value and state of preservation against the backdrop of evolving attitudes toward New Deal art from the Cold War to the present day.
Reconfiguring Protestantism and Minorities: A Review Essay
By Douglas Firth Anderson
Douglas Firth Anderson reviews three books about minority ethnic groups in minority branches of American Protestantism.
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