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Three Iowa Supreme Court Cases You've Probably Never Heard About

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The Iowa Supreme Court.

Back in the middle of the 19th century, Iowans wrote and approved a state constitution. Congress then approved it. In December of 1846, President James Polk signed a law making Iowa the 29th state. This year, Iowa celebrates its 175th year of statehood and IPR will be marking Iowa’s birthdate in different ways throughout the year.

On this River to River podcast, host Ben Kieffer explores three cases in Iowa Supreme Court history that made a big difference in the lives of Black Iowans.


  • Russ Lovell, professor emeritus, Drake University Law School
Ben Kieffer is the host of IPR's River to River
Rick Brewer was a producer for IPR's Talk of Iowa and River to River