For more in-depth information on Iowa’s agricultural history please consider the references below.

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Anderson, J. L. Industrializing the Corn Belt: Agriculture, Technology, and Environment, 1945-

1972. Dekalb: Northern Illinois University Press, 2008.


Anderson, J.L., ed., The Rural Midwest since World War II. Dekalb: Northern Illinois University

Press, 2014.


Barker Devine, Jenny. On Behalf of the Family Farm: Iowa Farm Women’s Activism since 1945.

Iowa City: University of Iowa Press, 2013.


Blanke, David. Sowing the American Dream: How Consumer Culture Took Root in the Rural

Midwest. Athens: Ohio University press, 2000.


Bogue, Allan G. From Prairie to Corn Belt: Farming on the Illinois and Iowa Prairies in the

Nineteenth Century. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1963.


Childs, Marquis. The Farmer Lends a Hand: The Electric Power Revolution in Rural America.

New York: Doubleday & Company, Inc., 1952.


Cogswell, Seddie. Tenure, Nativity and Age as Factors in Iowa Agriculture, 1850-1880. Ames:

Iowa State Univesity Press, 1975.


Cronon, William. Nature’s Metropolis: Chicago and the Great West. New York: W. W. Norton

and Company, 1991.


Fink, Deborah. Open Country, Iowa: Rural Women, Tradition and Change. New York: State

University of New York, 1986.


Hamilton, Carl. In No Time at All. Ames: Iowa State University Press, 1974.


Hurt, R. Douglas. American Agriculture: A Brief History. Ames: Iowa State University Press,



Hurt, R. Douglas. American Farm Tools from Hand Power to Steam Power. Manhattan (KS):

Sunflower University Press, 1982.


Hurt, R. Douglas. Agricultural Technology of the Twentieth Century. Manhattan (KS):

Sunflower University Press, 1991.


Jellison, Katherine. Entitled to Power: Farm Women and Technology, 1913-1963. Chapel Hill:

University of North Carolina Press: 1993.


Kline, Ronald. Consumers in the County: Technology and Social Change in Rural America.

Baltimore: John Hopkins University Press, 2002.


Letterman, Edward J. Pioneer Farming in Iowa. Des Moines: Living History Farms, 1972.


McKinley, Marvin. Wheels of Farm Progress. St. Joseph (MI): American Society of Agricultural

Engineers, 1980.


Morain, Thomas. Century Farms of Iowa: The History of Farming in Iowa. Dallas: Taylor

Publishing Company, 1986.


Neth, Mary, Preserving the Family Farm: Women, Community, and the Foundations of

Agribusiness in the Midwest, 1900-1940. Baltimore: John Hopkins University Press,



Oberly, James W. Sixty Million Acres: American Veterans and the Public Lands before the Civil

War. Kent: Kent State University Press, 1990.


Rikoon, J. Sanford. Threshing in the Midwest, 1820-1940: A Study of Traditional Culture and

Technological Change. Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 1988.


Ross, Earle D. Iowa Agriculture: An Historical Survey. Iowa City: State Historical Society of

Iowa, 1951.


Swierenga, Robert P. Acres for Cents: Delinquent Tax Auctions in Frontier Iowa.

Santa Barbara (CA): Preager, 1976.


Swierenga, Robert P. Pioneers and Profits: Land Speculation on the Iowa Frontier. Ames: Iowa

State University Press, 1968.


Swisher, Jacob A. Iowa: Land of Many Mills. Iowa City: State Historical Society of Iowa, 1940.


Whitaker, James W. Feedlot Empire: Beef Cattle Feeding in Illinois and Iowa, 1840-1900.

Ames: Iowa State University Press, 1975.


Williams, Robert C. Fordson, Farmall, and Poppin’ Johnny: A History of the Farm Tractor and

Its Impact on America. Champagne: University of Illinois Press, 1987.


Winters, Donald. Farmers Without Farms: Agricultural Tenancy in Nineteenth Century Iowa.

Santa Barbara: Greenwood Press, 1978

A huge thank you to Mike Vogt, curator at the Iowa Gold Star Military Museum for compiling this list.