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Studies in Midwestern History

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Our Midwests

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When I was teaching American Studies and Literature courses in “The Midwest,” I’d always began with a survey, asking students to indicate where they thought the Midwest was located on the map, what its main characteristics were, what its people were like, etc. I was always amazed at how little my students knew about the questions, or about the differences between such things as urban and rural. Their home area was indeed what Eric Sevareid once called “a blank on the nation’s mind.” It’s indeed time for all of us to escape the stereotypes and know more about the places we call home—their history, their distinctiveness, their richness and those who have contributed to it.

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