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Iowa Past to Present

Iowa Past to Present Online Teacher's Guide

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Chapter 18: A Time of Many Changes


The last fifty years have been important ones for Iowans. Inventions such as television, jet airplanes, and computers have changed the way we live. Many more young people are going to college. Small farms have been combined to form bigger ones. Fewer farm families work the land, rural schools have fewer students, and stores in small towns serve fewer people. At the same time, Iowans have become more involved in world events. Today, Iowa products are sold all over the world, Iowans travel more, and television and radio keep us informed of national and worldwide events that affect our lives. Iowans have had to adjust to these changes and to learn new ways of doing things. We try to save the best from the past while we add the advantages of the present.

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Iowa Past to Present Chapter Listing

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