Anthropologists: Heartland Imagery Distorts History of Midwest, Elevates Whites as Real Americans
Heartland imagery depends on images of white individuals and families obscure the forces of migration and industrialization that shaped the region and reinforce an image of rural whites as ideal citizens, argue two anthropologists.
SOURCE: The Baffler
The Lost Utopian Communes of the Midwest
by Evan Malmgren
"Inland America is pocked with the unmarked graves of communitarian utopias—primitive socialist and communist experiments—that tried to rebuild the world on what was assumed to be virgin soil."
SOURCE: Made By History at the Washington Post
The Racist Terrorism and Segregation Behind "Midwest Nice"
by Aaron Kinard
The Midwest has a long history of racial exclusion that today manifests in the worst black-white inequality in the nation. "Niceness" can't be allowed to conceal systemic racism.
SOURCE: Activist History Review
We Need “CRT” to Understand the Midwest, Too
by Bradley J. Sommer
"The continued existence of white nationalist groups came as a shock to many Toledoans. It has likely shocked a lot of Americans in recent years, many of whom thought that Nazis existed only in textbooks and as the bad guys in movies."
"Freedom of the Press in Small-Town America"
by Robert W. Frizzell
A review of HNN contributor Steven Hochstadt's new book of collected op-ed essays written between 2009 and 2018. The writings of a liberal Long Island Jew in a small-town midwestern newspaper offer a lens onto the question of the cultural divide in contemporary America.
Cleveland and Chicago: Cities of Segregation
"Berlin had a wall, but they took to it with hammers and pickaxes and tore it down. Cleveland and Chicago have walls too, but not the kind you can tear down with a pickaxe. They’ve been erected in places that are harder to reach than a river or a street: bitter, entrenched hearts and minds, both black and white, going back for generations, on either side of town."
SOURCE: Made By History at The Washington Post
The Virtual Democratic Convention Ignores Milwaukee At Its Peril
by Mike Amezcua
The 1996 Democratic National Convention in Chicago offers a cautionary example for Democrats today: the party's success depends on recognizing and meeting the needs of its constituents.
SOURCE: Southern Illinoisan
In Wake of Floyd Death, Rural, White Southern Illinois Towns are Reckoning With Racist Past
Historian James W. Loewen's research on 'sundown towns' underscores the significance of the protests in these communities.
The Lynching of David Wyatt
by Greg Bailey
Lynching and mob terrorism against African Americans have never been strictly southern phenomena, as a bloody incident from southern Illinois's histrory reveals.
SOURCE: NY Times
Kristin L. Hoganson Dismantles the Myth of ‘The Heartland’
“The heartland myth insists that there is a stone-solid core at the center of the nation."
Why the Midwest Is the Key to the Future of American Politics
by Ronald L. Feinman
It’s the section to watch on Election Day.
SOURCE: Telegraph (UK)
The Midwest honours Churchill
...The year was 1946. Winston Churchill stood in a small Midwestern college gymnasium in Fulton, Missouri, just a few miles to the west of St Louis. He was accompanied by President Harry Truman and had been driven to the speech by the grandfather of one of my co-workers. And his speech, later to be called The Iron Curtain Speech, would resonate from the halls of Westminster College, and be heard throughout the world.Today, those echoes are still being heard, and are being amplified in the US by the National Churchill Museum, a museum recognised by the US Congress as "America's National Churchill Museum" and built on the site of that 1946 speech. The museum, staff, volunteers and supporters are dedicated to commemorating and celebrating the life, times, and distinguished career of Sir Winston Churchill, and inspiring current and future leaders by his example of resilience, determination and resolution.And it was the museum that drew leaders from across the Midwest, elected officials and representatives of Her Majesty's Government to St Louis to honour Sir Winston and to present the Churchill Leadership Medal to former US ambassador, Stephen Brauer.
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