The Iowa caucuses have a national significance because they are first test of popularity for prospective presidential candidates. How they do in Iowa can make them--or break them? How did the caucuses become the first-in-the-nation tests? How do they work? Are they really that important? John Skipper has covered the Iowa caucuses for more than 30 years for Iowa newspapers and has written a definitive book about them. This class will provide you with insights into a unique piece of American history.