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Swenson Arnold honored with Dorothy Schwieder Prize for best article in Midwestern history for 2015

Extra: Rod Pritchard, Secretary of the College
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2016-11-16 14:05:34 - General

Marvin Bergman (left) of the State Historical Society of Iowa and editor of The Annals of Iowa awards Coe Associate Professor of History Brie Swenson Arnold the Schwieder Prize for the Best Article in Midwestern History for 2015 from the Midwestern History Association.
Marvin Bergman (left) of the State Historical Society of Iowa and editor of The Annals of Iowa awards Coe Associate Professor of History Brie Swenson Arnold the Schwieder Prize for the Best Article in Midwestern History for 2015 from the Midwestern History Association.

The Midwestern History Association has recognized Coe Associate Professor of History Brie Swenson Arnold as the winner of its annual Dr. Dorothy Schwieder Prize for the best article authored on a Midwestern history topic during 2015. Swenson Arnold's work is entitled "An Opportunity to Challenge the 'Color Line': Gender, Race, Ethnicity, and Women's Labor Activism in Late Nineteenth-Century Cedar Rapids, Iowa." The article was published in The Annals of Iowa, Volume 74 (Spring 2015) by the State Historical Society of Iowa.

The award was presented at the annual meeting of the Midwestern History Association, which recently took place in Minneapolis in conjunction with the annual meeting of the Western History Association.

Swenson Arnold earned her master's degree and Ph.D. at the University of Minnesota, and she teaches early U.S. history at Coe. Her specialization and research focuses on gender, race, politics and popular culture of the Civil War era.

Swenson Arnold earns other history article awards

Swenson Arnold also recently received the 2016 Langsdorf Award of Excellence from the Kansas Historical Foundation for an article that was "judged to the be most superior considering construction, evidence of research, and contribution to the advancement of knowledge." Published in Kansas History: A Journal of the Central Plains (Volume 38, Spring 2015), the piece was entitled "'To Inflame the Mind of the North':  Slavery Politics and the Sexualized Violence of Bleeding Kansas."

Finally, Swenson Arnold was recognized with the Award of Excellence for the best scholarly paper at the recent Symposium on the 19th Century Press, the Civil War, and Free Expression held at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga. The paper was entitled, "James Buchanan, Doughface Democrats, and Manliness in Northern Print and Political Culture."

The Schwieder Prize

The Schwieder Prize is named for longtime Iowa State University professor, Dr. Dorothy Schwieder, who wrote extensively about the Midwest and Iowa. Schwieder, who was born in Presho, South Dakota, earned her Ph.D. in history from the University of Iowa. She taught history at Iowa State University from 1966-2001. Schwieder passed away in August 2014.

In this third year of the history competition, the Schwieder Prize Committee reviewed 17 submissions from nine different academic journals: Kansas History, South Dakota History, Minnesota History, Souls, Western Historical Quarterly, Journal of American History, The Annals of Iowa, Great Plains Quarterly and Agricultural History.