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Middle West Review
 Edited by Paul Mokrzycki Renfro

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ISSN  2372-5664

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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 4, Number 2 (Spring 2018)


Woman Suffrage is a Midwestern Story: Gender, Region, and Nativism, 1880–1920
Sara Egge

“The Recline of Midwestern Civilization”: Midwestern Cultural Identity and Punk Rock in the 1980s
Johnathan Kyle Williams

Book Reviews
Joanna Bosse, Becoming Beautiful: Ballroom Dance in the American Heartland
Juliet McMains

Sally Howell, Old Islam in Detroit: Rediscovering the Muslim American Past
Adam Yaghi

Carl J. Ekberg and Sharon K Person, St. Louis Rising: The French Regime of Louis St. Ange De Bellerive
Robert Owens

Ann L. Sittig and Martha Florinda Gonzales, The Mayans Among Us: Migrant Women and Meatpacking on the Great Plains
Valerie Mendoza

Matthew Salafia. Slavery’s Borderland: Freedom and Bondage along the Ohio River
Vernon L. Volpe

C. Richard King, Redskins: Insult and Brand
Akim Reinhardt

Elaine Lewinnek, The Working Man’s Reward: Chicago’s Early Suburbs and the Roots of American Sprawl
René Luís Alvarez

William R. Nester, The French and Indian War and the Conquest of New France
Cameron Shriver

Ray E. Boomhower, John Bartlow Martin: A Voice for the Underdog
Richard Lingeman

Lisa Westberg Peters, Fractured Land, the Price of Inheriting Oil. Richard Edwards, Natives of a Dry Place: Stories of Dakota Before the Oil Boom
William Caraher

Bradley J. Birzer, Russell Kirk: American Conservative
Gregory L. Schneider

Joseph Wancho, ed., Pitching to the Pennant: The 1954 Cleveland Indians
Russ Crawford

Michael Wolraich, Unreasonable Men: Theodore Roosevelt and the Republican Rebels Who Created Progressive Politics
Duane G. Jundt

Bernard H. Sieracki, A Just Cause: The Impeachment and Removal of Governor Rod Blagojevich
David Yepsen

Keith R. Widder, Beyond Pontiac’s Shadow: Michilimackinac and the Anglo-Indian War of 1763
Matthew Smith

Joseph Weber, Transcendental Meditation in America: How a New Age Movement Remade a Small Town in Iowa
Bill R. Douglas

Jared Carter. Darkened Rooms of Summer: New and Selected Poems
Neil Harrison

Sue Leaf, Portage: A Family, A Canoe, and the Search for the Good Life
Kevin Koch

Adam Mack, Sensing Chicago: Noisemakers, Strikebreakers, and Muckrakers
Peter Gough

Willa Cather, Alexander’s Bridge, with a new introduction by Susan A. Schiller
Paul Emory Putz

Cynthia Clampitt, Midwest Maize: How Corn Shaped the US Heartland
Kelly J. Sisson Lessens

Neil Carpathios, ed., Every River on Earth: Writing from Appalachian Ohio
Shea Daniels

Megan Birk, Fostering on the Farm: Child Placement in the Rural Midwest
Jenny Barker Devine

Barbara L. Floyd. The Glass City: Toledo and the Industry that Built It
Frederick E. Witzig

Ronald Riekki, ed., Here: Women Writing on Michigan’s Upper Peninsula
Amy D. Richards

David Vaught, The Farmer’s Game: Baseball in Rural America
Charles Klinetobe

Susan Naramore Maher, Deep Map Country: Literary Cartography of the Great Plains
Matthew S Luckett

Jason Weems, Barnstorming the Prairies: How Aerial Vision Shaped the Midwest
Marcel LaFlamme

William E. Lass, Shaping the North Star State: A History of Minnesota’s Boundaries
Christopher R. Laingen

Chel Anderson and Adelheid Fischer, North Shore: A Natural History of Minnesota’s Superior Coast
Joe Schiller

Heather B. Barrow, Henry Ford’s Plan for the American Suburb: Dearborn and Detroit
William Friedricks

Robert Crawford, Young Eliot: From St. Louis to The Waste Land
Brad Birzer

Book Review Essays
Race, Place, and Belonging in the Midwest
Kathryn Schumaker

From the Inside Out, and the Outside In: Perspectives on 4-H, Sex, and Coming of Age in Rural America
Pamela Riney-Kehrberg

Chicago and the Riddle of Race
Amy Absher

The Political Culture of Wisconsin and Iowa
Jeff Taylor

Jon K. Lauck and the Revival of Midwestern History
Brady G. Winslow

Media Reviews
Deadwood, HBO (2004–6)
Victoria Addis

Our Fires Still Burn: The Native American Experience, dir. Audrey Geyer (2013)
Léna Remy-Kovach