The Lost Region
Toward a Revival of Midwestern History
Publication Year: 2013
Published by: University of Iowa Press
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In November 2010, I had a meeting with A. G. Sulzberger, the then twenty-eight-year-old son of Arthur Sulzberger Jr., owner of the New York Times. A. G. was the heir apparent to one of the nation’s largest media organizations and cultural arbiters and was pursuing his journalistic bona fides. After a stint covering the city beat in New York, A. G. was sent to...
1. Why the Midwest Matters
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The historian Frederick Jackson Turner concentrated his work on forces and moments that mattered in the American past, and his focus yielded essays on the “significance” of the western frontier, the nation’s varied regions, the advancement of democratic institutions and ...
2. The Prairie Historians and the Foundations of Midwestern History
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From the earliest days of the American republic, New England received considerable attention from historians. The American South also produced many men of letters and later historians dedicated to understanding its traditions and peculiar institution. At the same ...
3. The Case for Midwestern History
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When the Prairie Historians lost their organizational focus in the 1950s, midwestern history suffered. Historians’ attention to the Midwest has declined ever since. The historical vision of the Prairie Historians was, of course, limited, and subsequent generations of historians...
4. Toward a Revival of Midwestern History
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The Midwest was crucial to the development of the United States, and a faction of American historians oriented toward the study of the region once articulated this significance to the profession and broader audiences. The histories of the Midwest that these Prairie Historians produced suffered from limitations and were colored by their time,...
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Frederick Jackson Turner’s articulation of the enduring promise of the Midwest’s democratic spirit set forth in St. Paul in 1918 would have been understood by Guy Stanton Ford. Born in the town of Liberty Corners in Kenosha County, Wisconsin, in 1873, Ford and his...
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Publication Year: 2013