The American Midwest: An Interpretive Encyclopedia (Google eBook)

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Andrew R. L. Cayton, Richard Sisson, Chris Zacher
Indiana University Press, Nov 8, 2006 - Social Science - 1916 pages
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This first-ever encyclopedia of the Midwest seeks to embrace this large and diverse area, to give it voice, and help define its distinctive character. Organized by topic, it encourages readers to reflect upon the region as a whole. Each section moves from the general to the specific, covering broad themes in longer introductory essays, filling in the details in the shorter entries that follow. There are portraits of each of the region's twelve states, followed by entries on society and culture, community and social life, economy and technology, and public life. The book offers a wealth of information about the region's surprising ethnic diversity -- a vast array of foods, languages, styles, religions, and customs -- plus well-informed essays on the region's history, culture and values, and conflicts. A site of ideas and innovations, reforms and revivals, and social and physical extremes, the Midwest emerges as a place of great complexity, signal importance, and continual fascination.

  

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Contents

Family and Kinship
1027
Leisure and Rural Life
1063
Overview
1077
Social Structure
1089
Small Cities as Big Small Towns1110
1110
Overview
1129
Overview
1145
Rust Belt Manufacturing Cities
1169

Ohio
42
South Dakota
46
Wisconsin
51
Images of the Midwest
57
Overview 2
79
Overview
129
Notable Physical Regions
156
Notable Cultural Regions
169
SECTION EDITOR
177
Overview
179
NineteenthCentury Americans
190
Overview
195
Early and Rural NineteenthCentury
201
Late NineteenthCentury Europeans Mexicans
217
TwentiethCentury Southern Migration
242
OutMigration
264
Varieties of English
286
Native American Languages
307
African Middle Eastern Asian
318
Overview
351
Folk Arts and Crafts
363
Foodways
369
Folk Music and Dance
381
Folk Narrative
397
Recreational Folklore
417
Overview
427
Childrens Literature
433
Ethnic Literature
441
Literature of Urban Life
448
Nonfiction Literature
454
Major Writers
461
Overview
616
Cultural Philanthropy
623
Cultural Tourism
629
Worlds Fairs
637
Museums
647
Major A rt Museums
662
Music Institutions and Organizations
674
Higher Education
809
Elementary and Secondary Education
821
Multicultural Issues
851
Religious Schooling
860
Overview
935
Cinema
950
Mass Media
962
Media Personalities
982
Overview
993
Labor on the Farm
1003
Developing Farms for the Market
1019
Suburbia and PostSuburbia
1179
Urban Politics and Government
1193
Metropolitan Financial Institutions
1207
Urban Philanthropy
1225
Housing
1232
Crime Violence and Law Enforcement
1238
Overview
1252
From the Knights of Labor through the American
1258
Labor and the Left
1279
Metropolitan Unionism
1299
Industrial Workers in the Era of the CIO
1305
Labor since the Sixties
1315
Overview
1345
The Great Lakes
1361
Canals
1377
Roads Routes and Trails
1386
Ground Transportation
1408
Travel Literature
1440
Overview
1446
Harvesting Natural Resources
1458
Producing the Food
1470
Moving the People
1478
Creating for Progress
1486
Developing Specialties
1504
Helping People Help Themselves
1513
Educating the Healers
1519
Overview
1542
Militia Common Law Movements
1552
Constitutional History and Contemporary
1560
Governance 1512
1572
Legal and Judicial Institutions
1579
Major Constitutional and Legal Cases Associated with
1587
Happersett 88 U S 21 Wall 162
1593
Overview
1614
Presidential TicketBalancing
1625
Isolationism and Globalism
1675
The Political Cultures
1682
Indian Warfare
1735
The American Revolution 17751783
1741
The Old Northwest Indian War 17861795
1747
Military Exploration of the Midwest
1758
The Mexican War 18461848
1765
The United StatesDakota War of 1862
1772
Newton D Baker 18711937
1783
World War II 19391945
1789
Patriotism and Patriotic Organizations
1795
Cold Warriors and Astronauts
1804
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About the author (2006)

Richard Sisson is Provost and Professor of Political Science Emeritus at Ohio State University. He lives in Santa Fe, New Mexico.

Christian Zacher is Professor of English at Ohio State University and Director of its Institute for Collaborative Research and Public Humanities. He lives in Columbus, Ohio.

Andrew Cayton is Distinguished Professor of History at Miami University. He lives in Oxford, Ohio.