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Ioway to Iowa
The Genesis of a Corn and Bible Commonwealth
by
Irving Berdine Richman

p13 Before

Dedication

To the State Historical Society of Iowa organized at Iowa City Iowa in January 1857 and ever active in the critical restoring of Iowa's past

p15 Motif

The Western Sea

Discovery

21

The Setting

31

Ioway the Unregarded

41

The Red Barrier

45

Courses and Trails

71

Spain in Ioway

85

The United States in Ioway

103

Red to White

123

The White Tide

147

The Prairie

173

Overhead

197

The Red Barrier Falls

207

An Iowa that Might have Been

223

Corn

235

The Bible

283

A Sharp Turn

315

Politics

325

Lawyer-Statesmen

345

That Western Sea

359

Appendices:

Black Hawk's Autobiography

Iowa Newspapers

Iowa Lecturers

Acknowledgment

397

Illustrations

Whose Dwelling is the Light of Setting Suns

(E. A. Verpilleux, Masters of the Colour Print)

Frontispiece

The Cross of Burgundy

(Spanish colors displayed in Ioway in 1797)

facing 94

King Corn

(Designed by Bertha M. H. Shambaugh)

facing 242

Along the Union Pacific — 1871

(A Currier and Ives Print)

facing 384
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Technical Details

Edition Used

The edition used in this transcription was published at Iowa City, Iowa in 1931 by the State Historical Society of Iowa. It is in the public domain because the copyright was not renewed at the appropriate time under the law then in effect, which would have been in 1958 or 1959: details here on the copyright law involved.

Proofreading

As almost always, I retyped the text by hand rather than scanning it — not only to minimize errors prior to proofreading, but as an opportunity for me to become intimately familiar with the work, an exercise which I heartily recommend: Qui scribit, bis legit. (Well-meaning attempts to get me to scan text, if successful, would merely turn me into some kind of machine: gambit declined.)

This transcription has been minutely proofread. In the table of contents above, the sections are shown on blue backgrounds, indicating that I believe the text of them to be completely errorfree. As elsewhere on this site, the header bar at the top of each chapter's webpage will remind you with the same color scheme.

The edition I followed was very well proofread; the inevitable few errors I found, I corrected, when important, with a bullet like this;º and when trivial, with a dotted underscore like this: as elsewhere on my site, glide your cursor over the bullet or the underscored words to read the variant. Similarly, bullets before measurements provide conversions to metric, e.g., 10 miles.

A small number of odd spellings, curious turns of phrase, etc. have been marked <!‑‑ sic ‑‑> in the sourcecode, just to confirm that they were checked.

Any other mistakes, please drop me a line, of course: especially if you have a copy of the printed book in front of you.

Pagination and Local Links

For citation and indexing purposes, the pagination is shown in the right margin of the text at the page turns (like at the end of this line);p57 these are also local anchors. Sticklers for total accuracy will of course find the anchor at its exact place in the sourcecode.

In addition, I've inserted a number of other local anchors: whatever links might be required to accommodate the author's own cross-references, as well as a few others for my own purposes. If in turn you have a website and would like to target a link to some specific passage of the text, please let me know: I'll be glad to insert a local anchor there as well.



[image ALT: Against a sunset sky, the silhouette of a man (on the left) plowing behind his two horses, which occupy the center and the bulk of the picture. It is the frontispiece of the 1931 print edition of the book 'Ioway to Iowa' by Irving Berdine RIchman, the icon used on this site for my transcription of it.]

The icon I use to indicate this subsite is the book's Frontispiece, which in the print edition precedes the title page of course; I've moved it to Chapter 2.


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