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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 4 (Fall 2017)


Mapping the Ozarks as a Cultural Region by County Boundaries
Benjamin G. Rader and Roger D. Kirby

Symposium on the Midwest and American Regional Studies
Finding the American Midwest in the World of Regional Studies
Jon K. Lauck

The State of New England Studies
Dona Brown

Notes from the West to the Midwest
William Deverell

“On the Edge of Extinction?” Region, Identity, and the Pliable Contours of Southern History
Henry Kamerling

Always Relative to Somewhere: Regional Studies in (Not So) Unique Alaska
Ross Coen

From the Mountains to the Midwest: Observations on Appalachia, Regionalism, and Regional Studies
Phillip J. Obermiller

Sunbelt Identities: The Pursuit of Place, Process, and Political Sensibilities
Sean P. Cunningham

The Great Plains and Middle West in “Middle America”: Historiographical Reflections
Molly P. Rozum

In Search of a Mid-Atlantic Region
Randall M. Miller

Reflections on Pacific Northwest Regionalism on an Edge of Empire
Katrine Barber

Musings on the Southwest by a Southwesterner
David Yetman

Book Reviews
Christopher Robert Reed, Knock at the Door of Opportunity: Black Migration to Chicago, 1900–1919
Roger Biles

John L. Riley, The Once and Future Great Lakes Country: An Ecological History
Theodore J. Karamanski

Lynne Diebel, Crossing the Driftless: A Canoe Trip through a Midwestern Landscape
Joe Schiller

Robert M. Owens, Red Dreams, White Nightmares: Pan-Indian Alliances in the Anglo-American Mind, 1763–1815
Adam Jortner

Vicki Howard, From Main Street to Mall: The Rise and Fall of the American Department Store
Ellis W. Hawley

David W. Mills, Cold War in a Cold Land: Fighting Communism on the Northern Plains
Mark S. Joy

Thomas J. Gradel and Dick Simpson, Corrupt Illinois: Patronage, Cronyism, and Criminality
David Schultz

William Mirola, Redeeming Time: Protestantism and Chicago’s Eight-Hour Movement, 1866–1912
Sam Mitrani

Brett Rushforth, Bonds of Alliance: Indigenous & Atlantic Slaveries in New France
Michael Hughes

Keith Newlin, ed., Prairie Visions: Writings by Hamlin Garland
Derek Driedger

David J. Wishart, The Last Days of the Rainbelt
Brad Tennant

Chad Broughton, Boom, Bust, Exodus: The Rust Belt, the Maquilas, and a Tale of Two Cities
Barbara Floyd

Lawrence S. Kaplan, The Conversion of Senator Arthur Vandenberg: From Isolation to International Engagement
Gregory L. Schneider

Michael Martone and Bryan Furuness, eds., Winesburg, Indiana: A Fork River Anthology
John E. Hallwas

Joseph Gustaitis, Chicago’s Greatest Year, 1893: The White City and the Birth of a Modern Metropolis
Jeff Nichols

Laura Ingalls Wilder, Pioneer Girl: The Annotated Autobiography, ed. Pamela Smith Hill
John E. Miller

John Herrmann, What Happens, introduction by Sara Kosiba
Frederic Svoboda

Kevin J. Crisman, ed., Coffins of the Brave: Lake Shipwrecks of the War of 1812
John B. Hattendorf

Dora Apel, Beautiful Terrible Ruins: Detroit and the Anxiety of Decline
Donna M. DeBlasio

Robert Michael Morrissey, Empire by Collaboration: Indians, Colonists, and Governments in Colonial Illinois Country
Linda Clemmons

J. Brent Morris, Oberlin, Hotbed of Abolitionism: College, Community, and the Fight for Freedom and Equality in Antebellum America
Dana Elizabeth Weiner

Amy Helene Forss, Black Print with a White Carnation: Mildred Brown and the Omaha Star Newspaper, 1938–1989
Geitner Simmons

Marcia Chatelain, South Side Girls: Growing Up in the Great Migration
Jeffrey Helgeson

Larry Millett, Minnesota Modern: Architecture and Life at Midcentury
Victoria Young

David Maraniss, Once in a Great City: A Detroit Story
Jason K. Duncan

Book Review Essays
The Voices of the Rust Belt
Jon C. Teaford

Craft Beer in the Heartland
Josh Sopiarz

The Evolving Family in Contemporary Midwestern Fiction
Marcia Noe

Putting Lincoln into Perspective: Place, Thought, and History in Recent Lincoln Scholarship
Jon Schaff

Midwesterners Swallow the World: Lardner, Shirer, Terkel, and American Journalism
Paul V. Murphy

Media Reviews
Cedar Rapids, dir. Miguel Arteta (2011)
Sarah Dennis

It Follows, dir. David Robert Mitchell (2015)
Andrew Ball

Northern Light, dir. Nick Bentgen (2013)
Stephen Carl Arch

Media Review Essay
Judy Garland and MGM’s Nostalgic Midwestern Home
Patricia Oman