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Elaine Graham Estes Charles P. Howard Dean Philip Hubbard Hon. Harold Hughes James B. Morris, III Arlene Roberts-Morris Robert A Wright, Sr.
1900-1919 A New Century of Hope and the Great War1919-1940 The KKK and the Great Depression1941-1946 A World War and Jim Crow1946-1968 Civil Rights to Vietnam


1946-1968 Civil Rights to Vietnam

At war's end, a heightened domestic battle for civil rights was emerging from its ashes. A new war in Korea forced racial integration of the military and civil rights protests rocked the south and northern states like Iowa. A new day was coming, and the Vietnam War threw the entire nation into controversy over human rights and civil liberties. Numerous moderate and militant organizations rose including the Black Panther Party in Des Moines. Racial relations were the order of the day and black and white Iowans took their place in the battle for equality.