U.s. Local History - Old North
The Middle West: Its Meaning in American Culture
The Middle West
Its Meaning in American Culture
Paperback      ISBN: 0700604758

It is the "heartland," the home of the average--middle--American. Yet the definition of the Middle West, that most amorphous of regions, is elusive and changing. In historical, cultural, political, literary, and artistic terms the region is variously drawn. It is alternately praised as a pastoral oasis and damned as a cultural backwater, fostering wholesome pragmatism and crass materialism, home to people at once resilient and embittered, hardworking and complacent. From Willa Cather to Sherwood Anderson, from The Wizard of Oz to The Music Man, images of the Middle West are powerful and contradictory.

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 unconventional geography based on extensive research in popular literature, this volume examines meaning, essence, character--the important intangibles of place not captured by statistical studies--and explores the intimate connections between the notion of pastoralism and the definition of the Middle West.
The Midwest and the Nation: Rethinking the History of an American Region
The Midwest and the Nation
Rethinking the History of an American Region
Hardcover      ISBN: 0253315255

"Cayton and Onuf have tried to recapture a central place for region in our thinking while, at the same time, incorporating into their analysis the latest scholarship on gender, political behavior, etc. Theirs is a fine blending of the old and the new: old scholarship and new directions." --Malcolm J. Rohrbough

"This is an ambitious work that . . . truly beongs on the 'must do' reading list of all midwestern and American historians." --American Historical Review

" . . . an impressive interpretive work that will command the attention of regional historians and national scholars alike." --Illinois Historical Journal

" . . . an excellent extended historiographic essay that seeks not only to locate the significance of the region created by the early land ordinance but also to raise issues for the historical examination of other regions of the country." --South Dakota History

"What makes this book especially interesting and valuable is that it is informed by the post-modern scholar's view that knowledge can never be objective and eternally true; rather, it is subjective and socially constructed, shaped by the political, social, intellectual, and economic environments in which it is formed." --Western Illinois Regional Studies

"The book's review of scholarship about the region is exhaustive, as well as brisk and lucid." --American Studies International

" . . . a rigorous intellecutal analysis of the region's most important historiography." --Gateway Heritage

" . . . an excellent book . . . " --The Annals of Iowa

"What is impressive about this densely written work is the number of secondary works incorporated into the text and the importance of the authors' thesis of the considerable influence of happenings in the Midwest of the nineteenth century." --North Dakota History

"There is . . . much to be praised in this book, and it will be frequently used and discussed by scholars of the early Midwest." --Journal of American History

Midwest at Noon
Midwest at Noon
Paperback      ISBN: 0875805507
Northern Orchards: Places Near the Dead
Northern Orchards
Places Near the Dead
Paperback      ISBN: 0878397620

A thought-provoking collection of essays and poems that explore memory, the meaning of place, and sacred space.

Notes on the Settlement and Indian Wars of the Western Parts of Virginia and Pennsylvania from 1763 to 1783
Notes on the Settlement and Indian Wars of the Western Parts of Virginia and Pennsylvania from 1763 to 1783
Paperback      ISBN: 1556131275

Contains a wealth of first-hand information on the settlement of western VA and PA. Reprinted from the 3rd, enlarged edition which includes a memoir of Rev. Doddridge and several articles by his daughter Nacissa; a short history of the Doddridge family, b

Old Chicago Road: US-12 from Detroit to Chicago
Old Chicago Road
US-12 from Detroit to Chicago
Paperback      ISBN: 073857810x

With origins dating back to the end of the last ice age, the road known as Michigan Avenue was most familiar to early settlers as the Old Sauk Trail. Old Chicago Road: US-12 from Detroit to Chicago traces one of America s oldest and most famous routes from its eastern origin at the very center of Detroit to its western terminus on the north side of Chicago. Vintage views, many of which have never before been published, explore the cities, towns, and villages along its path. While it has been known by many names throughout its history, the road continues to weave a unique American story in its present form as modern-day thoroughfare US-12."

The Old Northwest, Volumes 1 and 2: Pioneer Period, 1815-1840
The Old Northwest, Volumes 1 and 2
Pioneer Period, 1815-1840
Hardcover      ISBN: 025334168x

The Old Northwest is an unparalleled account of the pioneer period, the problems of settlers, and the westward movement of the American people. No historian, professional or otherwise, who is interested in the history of the region comprising Ohio, Michigan, Indiana, Illinois, Wisconsin, and parts of Minnesota can afford to be without this book. Based on nearly twenty-five years of research, it is that rare classic which appeals to specialist and general reader alike.

Provincial Lives: Middle-Class Experience in the Antebellum Middle West
Provincial Lives
Middle-Class Experience in the Antebellum Middle West
Hardcover      ISBN: 052164092x

Provincial Lives tells the story of the development of a regional middle class in the antebellum Middle West. It traces the efforts of waves of Americans to transmit their social structures, behavior, and values to the West and construct a distinctive regional middle-class culture on the urban frontier. Intertwining local, regional, and national history with social, immigration, gender and urban history, Mahoney examines how a succession of settlers from "good" society--farmers, entrepreneurs, professionals, and "genteel" men and women from the urban East--interacted with, accommodated, and compromised with those already there to construct a middle-class society.

Provincial Lives: Middle-Class Experience in the Antebellum Middle West
Provincial Lives
Middle-Class Experience in the Antebellum Middle West
1st Edition    Paperback      ISBN: 0521025435

Provincial Lives tells the story of the development of a regional middle class in the antebellum Middle West. It traces the efforts of waves of Americans to transmit their social structures, behavior, and values to the West and construct a distinctive regional middle-class culture on the urban frontier. Intertwining local, regional, and national history with social, immigration, gender and urban history, Mahoney examines how a succession of settlers from "good" society--farmers, entrepreneurs, professionals, and "genteel" men and women from the urban East--interacted with, accommodated, and compromised with those already there to construct a middle-class society.

River of Enterprise: The Commercial Origins of Regional Identity in the Ohio Valley, 1790-1850
River of Enterprise
The Commercial Origins of Regional Identity in the Ohio Valley, 1790-1850
Hardcover      ISBN: 0253341329

"Gruenwald's book will make the same contribution to historical knowledge of the Ohio Valley as Lewis Atherton's Frontier Merchant did for our understanding of the mercantile Midwest in the mid-nineteenth century. . . . a finely crafted narrative that lets the reader understand that the Ohio River always served more as an artery, that is, a river of commerce, than a dividing line or boundary." --R. Douglas Hurt, author of The Ohio Frontier

River of Enterprise explores the role the Ohio played in the lives of three generations of settlers from the river's headwaters at Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, to the falls at Louisville, Kentucky. Part One examines the strategies of colonists who coveted lands "Across the Mountains" as space to be conquered. Part Two traces the emergence of a new region in a valley transformed by commerce as the Ohio River became the artery of movement in "the Western Country." Part Three reveals how relations between neighbors across the river cooled as residents of "the Buckeye State" came to regard the river as the boundary between North and South. From 1790 to 1830, the Ohio River nurtured a regional identity as Americans strove to create an empire based on the ties of commerce in frontier Ohio and Kentucky, and the backcountry of Pennsylvania and Virginia.

The book studies the local, regional, and national connections created by merchants by tracing the business world of the Woodbridge family of Marietta, Ohio. Only as regional commercial concerns gave way to statewide industrial concerns, and as artificial transportation networks such as canals and railroads supplanted the river, did those living to the north define the Ohio as a boundary.