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The heartland : an American history

Kristin L. Hoganson (Author)
"A history of a quintessentially American place -- the rural and small town heartland -- that uncovers deep yet hidden currents of connection with the world. When Kristin L. Hoganson arrived in Champaign, Illinois, after teaching at Harvard, studying at Yale, and living in the D.C. metro area with various stints overseas, she expected to find her new home, well, isolated. Even provincial. After all, she had landed in the American heartland, a place where the nation's identity exists in its pristine form. Or so we have been taught to believe. Struck by the gap between reputation and reality, she determined to get to the bottom of history and myth. The deeper she dug into the making of the modern heartland, the wider her story became as she realized that she'd uncovered an unheralded crossroads of people, commerce, and ideas. But the really interesting thing, Hoganson found, was that over the course of American history, even as the region's connections with the rest of the planet became increasingly dense and intricate, the idea of the rural Midwest as a steadfast heartland became a stronger and more stubbornly immovable myth. In enshrining a symbolic heart, the American people have repressed the kinds of stories that Hoganson tells, of sweeping breadth and depth and soul."-- Provided by publisher
Print Book, English, 2019
Penguin Press, New York, 2019
xxvi, 399 pages : illustrations, maps ; 25 cm
9781594203572, 1594203571
Introduction: What is the nation, at heart?
Between place and space: The pioneering politics of locality
Meat in the middle: Converging borderlands in the U.S. Midwest
Hog-tied: The roots of the modern American empire
The isolationist capital of America: Hotbed of alliance politics
Flownover states: The view from the middle of everything
Home, land, security: Exile, dispossession, and loss
Conclusion: The nation, at heart