"The Aborigines were in a low state of barbarism." This is one of the themes that run through this history of Iowa from 1673-1846. The Aborigines were the Sac, Fox, and Sioux Tribes. The author, William Salter, was a member of the "Iowa Band," a group of 12 Christian missionaries who agreed to travel to the untamed West. Salter was also one of the founders of Iowa College in 1846 (now known as Grinnell College.) This particular book belonged to John H. Leavitt, who signed and dated it on July 21, 1905. It then passed in ownership to Erma Plaehn, long-time Professor of Political Science at UNI. Dr. Plaehn then donated the book to the Rod Library.