American Dreamer: The Life and Times of Henry A. Wallace

Henry A. Wallace, the agricultural innovator and founder of Pioneer Hi-Bred seed corn company, became US Secretary of Agriculture and later Vice President and Secretary of Commerce under President Franklin Roosevelt. Named “the most influential Iowan of the 20th Century”, Wallace’s legacy includes accomplishments in science, journalism, business, academics, politics and humanitarian efforts. 

In this online program, watch Iowa actor Tom Milligan portray Wallace in the one-act play “American Dreamer: The Life and Times of Henry A. Wallace”, then stay tuned for insight and historical perspective from historians Dr. Pamela Riney-Kehrberg and Dr. Timothy Walch.

Resources for Additional Learning

Find discussion questions and additional context in this study guide and timeline.

This version can be emailed to group members: American Dreamer Study Guide & Timeline

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Special Thanks

Tom Milligan

Actor and Director

Cynthia Mercati


Dr. Pamela Riney-Kehrberg

Distinguished Professor of History, Iowa State University

Dr. Timothy Walch

Director Emeritus, The Hoover Presidential Library

Fred Ebong

Lead Videographer and Creative Director, FE Studios