Fall 2016 Annals of Iowa now available

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The Fall 2016 issue of The Annals of Iowa--a special issue on women in Iowa journalism--is now available.

In one feature article, STEPHANIE GROSSNICKLE-BATTERTON, a doctoral candidate and graduate instructor in the Department of American Studies at the University of Iowa, shows how the Woman’s Standard, a monthly news­paper produced by the Iowa Woman Suffrage Association from 1886 to 1911, incorporated rural themes in its rhetoric, showed evidence of suf­frage work in rural areas, and to varying degrees became a counterpublic space for rural women where contributors explored issues relevant to Iowa farm women.

In another aritlce, JENNY BARKER-DEVINE, associate professor of history at Illinois College in Jacksonville, Illinois, explores the motivations of the women who produced the Emerald Goose, a humor magazine published at Iowa State College during World War I. She argues that they were not simply responding to an opening created by the war but were actively contesting for space in the student newsrooms and asserting their right to partici­pate in curricular and extracurricular journalism.

Finally, TRACY LUCHT, assistant professor in the Greenlee School of Jour­nal­ism and Communication at Iowa State University, surveys the storied career of Dorothy Ashby Pownall from her days as a “sob sister” at the Des Moines Capital during World War I through her publications in Ladies’ Home Journal and the Saturday Evening Post and until her retire­ment from the Iowa City Press-Citizen in 1955. Pownall’s wide-ranging work, Lucht argues, reveals her methods of exercising agency within a patriarchal field and illustrates why historians must expand what they consider important journalism if they are to make their narratives more inclusive of women.

The usual complement of book reviews includes reviews of books about prairie chickens, colonialism and state formation in the Old Northwest, William Clark, working lives on the Mississippi River, interracial intimacies in antebellum America, Abraham Lincoln and presidential leadership, the Civil War and the West, racist violence in Kansas after the Civil War, Red Cloud, business leaders in the West, the Weitz Company of Des Moines, Aeromotor windmills, myths of the Rune Stone, aerial photography of the Midwest, Millie Benson, anticommunism on the Northern Plains, Brian Duffy's Iowa caucus cartoons, the Railroad Development Corporation, and polka in the Midwest.

To order a copy of this issue, or to subscribe to the Annals of Iowa, contact Marvin Bergman at marvin-bergman@uiowa.edu