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"Most Iowans Oppose More Boat People" Des Moines Register Article, September 30, 1979

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Courtesy of State Historical Society of Iowa, The Des Moines Register, 30 September 1979


The newspaper article presents and analyzes data from a survey given to Iowans related to their feelings about current refugees from southeast Asia and accepting more refugees. In the article, then-Governor Robert Ray responds to the results that appear to be a negative response to the pro-refugee policies he had promoted in Iowa.  

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Source-Dependent Questions

  • What arguments were given by respondents in the survey opposing the resettlement programs?
  • How did Gov. Ray frame his opposition as both a moral argument and an economic argument?