The Middle West: Its Meaning in American Culture, Volume 2

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University Press of Kansas, 1989 - History - 201 pages
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In this thoughtful book, cultural geographer James R. Shortridge offers a historical probe into the "idea" of the Middle West. By exploring what this term originally meant and how it has changed over the past 150 years, he presents a fascinating look at the question of regional identity and its place in the collective consciousness. A work of uncoventional geography based on extensive research in popular literature, this volume examines the meaning, essence, character--the important intagibles of place not captured by statistical studies--and explores the intimate connections between the notion of pastoralism and the definition of the Middle West. Winner of the Association of American Geographers' John Brinckerhoff Jackson Prize.

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Shortridge's use of textual sources is very weak; it's like he's trying to do cultural studies, but he didn't get the memo that the discipline already exists. His habit of anthropomorphizing the ... Read full review


The Origins and Expansion of the Regional Name
Americas Heartland
A Need for Pastoral Values

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Shortridge is a professor of geography at the University of Kansas.

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