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"Progress and Unemployment" Excerpt from The Goldfinch, 1996

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Courtesy of State Historical Society of Iowa, "Making a Living," The Goldfinch, pp. 6, 1996


This excerpt from The Goldfinch explains how inventions and other technological advances often put people out of one line of work and into another.

Transcript of "Progress and Unemployment" Excerpt

Source-Dependent Questions

  • Using examples from the excerpt, what are ways Iowans have had to adjust to be able to survive when jobs changed?
  • What are some industries in Iowa that have continued to grow throughout the state's history?