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Middle West Review
 Edited by Paul Mokrzycki Renfro

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The Middle West Review is an interdisciplinary journal about the American Midwest and the only publication dedicated exclusively to the study of the Midwest as a region. It provides a forum for scholars and nonscholars alike to explore the contested meanings of midwestern identity, history, geography, society, culture, and politics. What states belong within the Midwest? Is the Midwest inherently rural? Are Chicago and Pacific Junction, Iowa, part of the same region? If so, what links them? What traditions or features define the Midwest? Does the Midwest have a particular economic identity? Is the Midwest “queer”? How does the Midwest’s racial, ethnic, and cultural diversity square with its popular perception as a homogenous space? Is the Midwest “distinctive”? If so, why do Americans often conceive of it as a “normative” site, one divorced from the historical intrigue and conflict of the South and the West? The Middle West Review seeks to examine these and other questions and, in turn, help revitalize the study of the American Midwest.

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Volume 3, Number 2 (Spring 2017)


The Regrowth of American Thought
Andrew Seal

Black Magic: African American Athletes and the Shifting Fortunes of Big Ten Football
Peter A. Coclanis and Alex Coclanis

Defending Hemingway’s Henry Adams: The Doctor, the Critics, and the Doctor’s Son
Donald A. Daiker

Remembrance: Allan G. Bogue (1921–2016)
Pamela Riney-Kehrberg

Book Reviews
Andrew R. Highsmith, Demolition Means Progress: Flint, Michigan, and the Fate of the American Metropolis
Scott Atkinson    
David B. Danbom, Sod Busting: How Families Made Farms on the Nineteenth-Century Plains
Molly P. Rozum
Sabine N. Meyer, We Are What We Drink: The Temperance Battle in Minnesota
Chuck Vollan
Lila Corwin Berman, Metropolitan Jews: Politics, Race, and Religion in Postwar Detroit
Michael Skaggs
Maureen Corrigan, So We Read On: How The Great Gatsby Came to Be and How It Endures
Guy Szuberla
David Foster Wallace, The David Foster Wallace Reader
Jonathan Josten
Eric Dregni, Vikings in the Attic: In Search of Nordic America
Lori Ann Lahlum
Cheryl Janifer LaRoche, Free Black Communities and the Underground Railroad: The Geography of Resistance
Lowell Soike
Mark Bernstein, John J. Gilligan: The Politics of Principle
William Russell Coil
R. Alton Lee, Sunflower Justice: A New History of the Kansas Supreme Court
Sean Kammer
Michael Todd Landis, Northern Men with Southern Loyalties: The Democratic Party and the Sectional Crisis
James L. Huston
James E. Potter, Standing Firmly by the Flag: Nebraska Territory and the Civil War, 1861–1867
Ronald C. Naugle and John J. Montag
Helen Zoe Veit, ed., Food in the Civil War Era: The North
Wilson J. Warren
Lance M. Sacknoff, Xavier Cavazos, and Stefanie Brook Trout, eds., Prairie Gold: An Anthology of the American Heartland
Nancy Bunge
Richard Drake, The Education of an Anti-Imperialist: Robert La Follette and us Expansion
John E. Miller
A. J. Baime, The Arsenal of Democracy, fdr, Detroit, and an Epic Quest to Arm an America at War
Joe Fitzharris
Genevieve G. McBride and Stephen R. Byers, “Dear Mrs. Griggs”: Women Readers Pour Out Their Hearts from the Heartland
Kimberly K. Porter
Jayne Morris-Crowther, The Political Activities of Detroit Clubwomen in the 1920s: A Challenge and a Promise
Lindsey Peterson
Brewster Chamberlin, The Hemingway Log: A Chronology of His Life and Times
Donald A. Daiker
Ian K. Steele, Setting All the Captives Free: Capture, Adjustment, and Recollection in Allegheny Country
Carla Gerona
Austen Barron Bailly, ed., American Epics: Thomas Hart Benton and Hollywood
Patricia Oman
Sarah Jo Peterson, Planning the Home Front: Building Bombers and Communities at Willow Run
Ben Jones
Dean A. Strang, Worse Than the Devil: Anarchists, Clarence Darrow, and Justice in a Time of Terror
Jeff Johnson
Tom H. Swain with Lori Sturdevant, Citizen Swain: Tales from a Minnesota Life
Tom Crann
Michael J. Lansing, Insurgent Democracy: The Nonpartisan League in North American Politics
Jeff Wells

Book Review Essays
Malcolm X in Michigan
Joseph Hogan
The Early Midwest in the Atlantic World
Robert Michael Morrissey
The Midwest and Early American History
Patrick Dobson
Recent Books on Midwestern Foodways
Oliver B. Pollak

Media Reviews
Indians of the Midwest, Newberry Library (Chicago), digital exhibition
Alyssa L. Reil
Janeane from Des Moines, dir. Grace Lee (2012)
Bryce T. Bauer
Making a Murderer, dirs. Laura Ricciardi and Moira Demos, Netflix (2015)
John Byczynski
Realizing the Newberry Idea, 1887–2012, Newberry Library (Chicago), digital exhibition
Christine Borne
The Pruitt-Igoe Myth: An Urban History, dir. Chad Freidrichs (2011)
Maria E. Howe