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The Iowa Heritage

Roots in the Soil (#112)

Each advancement in farming technology brought increased yields to Iowa farmers, but it has always been farmers' love and respect for the land that make them Iowa's unsung heroes. [28 minutes] Closed Captioning

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Grade Levels
3-5, 6-8, 9-12
Curricular Areas
Literacy & Languages
Social Studies
Series Length
15 episodes
Average Episode Length
28 minutes
Record Rights
Recording/duplication allowed in perpetuity. If you miss the broadcast, contact your AEA for copies.
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Series Description: THE IOWA HERITAGE covers Iowa's history from prehistory through the present. The series provides a vivid and personal look at Iowa's development, culture and achievements.

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  • First People of the Prairies (#101)

    Through reenactment and comments by contemporary archaeologists this program presents the origins and way of life of the prehistoric Indians of Iowa. [27 minutes]

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  • The Tall Grass Whispers (#102)

    This program examines the ever-changing relationship between two distinct cultures, Native American and White. [29 minutes]

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  • The Path to Statehood (#103)

    Marquette and Joliet first set foot on Iowa soil in 1643 beginning a 200-year process that would make the land of Iowa the state of Iowa. [29 minutes]

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  • The Prairie Pioneers (#104)

    Pioneer life in Iowa was a lonely struggle between man and his environment -- a struggle man sometimes lost. [28 minutes]

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  • The Civil War (#105)

    For years Iowans had provided an escape route for African Americans fleeing slavery. When war broke out, 10,000 Iowa sons volunteered to fight to preserve the Union. [28 minutes]

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  • From Here to There (#106)

    From the 'modern' times of the early 1900s, viewers travel back to the days when steamboats navigated the Mississippi, steam trains crisscrossed the state and stagecoaches bumped along Iowa's dusty roads. [29 minutes]

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  • Come to Iowa (#107)

    In the 1800's, many Europeans came to Iowa in search of a new and better life. Bringing with them their own unique heritage, which in some communities, still survives. [29 minutes]

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  • Three Communities of Belief (#108)

    The Icarians, the Community of True inspiration, and the Old Order Amish came to Iowa in the 1800's because it offered them isolation, but as the state developed, all but one of the communities were either forced to change or simply ceased to exist. [29 minutes]

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  • The Iowa Country School (#109)

    The program presents the development of Iowa's early educational system. [26 minutes]

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  • Main Street (#110)

    For years the main street of Iowa's small towns was the center for trade and entertainment for town residents and surrounding farmers. But after the turn of the century, things began to change. [28 minutes]

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  • Iowa's Industrial Roots (#111)

    Iowa did have other industries besides farming--among them coal mining, lumbering, and milling. [28 minutes]

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  • Hard Times (#113)

    Through interviews, still photographs, and newsreel footage, the effects of the Great Depression on Iowa are shown. [29 minutes]

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  • Iowa Impressions (#114)

    This program examines the art and lives of five people who expressed their Iowa heritage in their own unique style. [29 minutes]

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  • The Coming Heritage (#115)

    The way Iowans related to their environment in the past and how they will relate to it in the future creates the Iowa heritage. [27 minutes]

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