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This Purdue history rings "Ever True": BTN LiveBIG Book Club

Day by day, we’re moving closer to one of the 50th anniversary of one of the most astonishing and momentous events in human history: Neil Armstrong’s iconic “giant leap” for all mankind on to the surface of the moon. It was the step watched around the world. But for Purdue University faculty, students and alumni – a group to a group proud to call Armstrong on of their own – it was something even more exceptional. It was the manifestation of the Boilermaker spirit boldly leading the way at the dawn of a new era. In the new book Ever

An Iowa dean reflects on the state's role during the Civil War: BTN LiveBIG Book Club

When the Civil War erupted, the state of Iowa was only 15 years old. It was a land laced with railroads, though, and blanketed with fertile fields that would have been a boon to either side. So, why then did this young farming state on the edge of America’s frontier throw their lot in with the Union? The history of Iowa during our bloody national conflict is explored in great detail in The Sacred Cause of Union: Iowa in The Civil War by Thomas R. Baker, associate dean of student at the University of Iowa. Ignored at the time by