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Iowa Past to Present Online Teacher's Guide

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Chapter 15: Business and Industry in Iowa


Iowans manufacture (make) many different products, including tractors, washing machines, and ballpoint pens. The companies that make products like these are called industries, and the buildings where they are made are called factories. The first products manufactured in our state were made within the home in the 1800s. Factories appeared later. Through the years, Iowa industries have been related to agriculture, using the corn, oats, beef, and pork raised on Iowa farms. Most Iowa industries have been located in the eastern part of the state, which has the largest cities to provide the work force. Iowa products are sold all over the world.

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This online teachers guide was developed as a companion to the textbook Iowa Past to Present: The People and the Prairie (Revised 3rd Ed.); written by Dorothy Schwieder, Thomas Morain, and Lynn Nielsen; published by University of Iowa Press. Select a chapter from the list below to find related content and classroom resources.



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