Russ Gifford
Regional Greats


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My Presentations:

Those Who Came Before Us

Native Americans and American History

The Founding Fathers

The American Revolution & Creation of the Republic

A History of the House of Representatives

Presidential Leadership

Contentious Elections in American History

One Term Wonders

Pivotal Moments In American History

The American Civil War and Reconstruction

The Crucible - America After the War of Rebellion

Westward Expansion

Traveling the West in the 19th Century

Supremely Confident: Legal Cases that Changed History

The Fight for the Right to Vote - the Women's Movement

Women Making a Difference

The Rise and Fall of Mass Media

The Great War

The 1920s

Regional Greats

WWII - 75 Years Later

Justice Delayed: The Civil Rights Movement

The Cold War

The History of the CIA

The War in Vietnam

My Generation: The History of the 1960s

Boomer Classics: Books that Shaped the Sixties

Into the Darkness: 1968

Power to the People - from the 1950s to Today

The History of Rock n Roll: The First 30 Years

Regional History

Iowa in the American Civil War

Sioux City: Our History and Our Hopes

Sioux City: Ground Zero in the Great Depression

Sioux City: Crime Corruption, & Redemption

World History

The Crusades

The Reformation at 500

Written Works and Articles

Spectacular Voyage: Lewis and Clark in Our Region

Murder On Water Street: The Death Rev. Haddock

A Glimpse of the Past: Steamboat Perils

Empty Parking Lots and Dark Wal-Marts

Susan B. Anthony and  Sioux City in the 1870s

A Chance Encounter with a Legend


Music of 1966:Summer in the City

Music of 1966:Music of Blond on Blond

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Exploring the nearly forgotten and often overlooked contributions of these women and men who made a difference
in their country, their home, and the world. This series explores if the region of your birth makes a difference, and if so,
is it a positive one? Does regional heritage still matter today?

George Norris
A legendary Nebraskan that left his impact on his state, and the country.

Harry Hopkins
Few people realize just how vital Hopkins' contribution to the New Deal was. Born in Sioux City, but his impact is felt across the country. How did a small town Iowa boy become the most trusted advisor to America's longest serving President?

Henry Wallace
Another giant whose incredible efforts in agriculture are all but completely forgotten.

Lou Hoover
If she is remembered at all, it is as a wife of a president. This Iowa woman was so much more than that.
Her words were meaningful, but her actions spoke volumes, and could not be ignored.

Norman Borloug
He is credited with saving over a billion lives. (Yes, you read that correctly.)
And no one in his home country could pick him out of a police lineup.

Susan La Flesche
Her determination would save lives; her advocacy for American Indians would change national policies;
her hospital would improve lives for decades after her passing.

William Jennings Bryan
To some, he is remembered as a joke and a buffoon. But he was the voice of rural Americans, and much of what he stood for in his early days rings true yet today.

The listings above are only the slide show - I add much more material in any live discussion. 
But these documents should be available to those who might be searching for information about them.
Each of them should be remembered for what they did for their country.

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Russ Gifford returns listeners to a moment in time and we see and hear the events of the era. Then he introduces the people we would meet if we were there!

        "Russ is outstanding. He uses numerous, flexible learning approaches to accommodate the adult learner. His students consistently comment on his mastery of material!" Dr. Lyn Brodersen, Scott Community College

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