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Iowa- An American Portrait The film Iowa- An American Portrait was narrated by Tom Brokaw It described the land people education work religion and family life of Iowa One of the main topics of the film was the general view of Iowa- the Farm State Iowa has more than two- hundred- thousand farms ninety- eight percent of Iowas total land is used for production with ninety percent of total land being used for the production of food Reverence for the great land and rich soil of Iowa began with the Native Americans Many years later European immigrants settled the land of Iowa They first settled near the Mississippi River and spread through out Iowa in the short time span of forty years They soon began farming the land and found that one family could make a good living on eighty acres Work was a necessity to Iowans It gave meaning and pride to life and farming was a business that could be passed on from generation to generation Corn soon became the crop of choice to Iowa farmers They found that it was more resistant to disease than the other crops they were growing such as barley oats wheat and apples With this newfound wonder crop Iowans found that farming had become the ideal way of life Working on the farm involved all of the members of the family which brought them together and made them stronger through hardships and great opportunities Draft horses used for plowing later became a luxury and farming soon lost its fun and joyful qualities It was a time of greater hardship than ever before but the freedom Iowa farmers had to work worship live and play in their own way made it worth the despairing times Towns of all sizes began growing throughout Iowa With them came churches schools businesses and co-ops The various institutions and businesses of the towns were flourishing
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