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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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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