Middle West Review 03:1

Middle West Review 03:1

Edited by Paul Mokrzycki Renfro

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Table Of Contents


Battle of the Bookstores and Gay Sexual Liberation in Minneapolis
Kevin Ehrman-Solberg

Centropolis: William Gilpin, Nature, and the City of the Future
John Herron

“Iowa Excelled Them All”: Iowa Local Ladies’ Aid Societies on the Civil War Frontier, 1861–1865
Lindsey R. Peterson

Grant Wood and the Politics of Regionalism
Michael C. Steiner

The Midwest and the Evolution of “Flyover Country”
Anthony Harkins

Book Reviews
Anna Clark, ed., A Detroit Anthology
Christine Borne

Ethel Alice Hurn, Wisconsin Women in the War between the States
Ruth Page Jones

Vincent L. Michael, The Architecture of Barry Byrne: Taking the Prairie School to Europe
Patrick Allan Pospisek

J. F. Powers, Suitable Accommodations: An Autobiographical Story of Family Life—The Letters of J. F. Powers, 1942–1963, edited by Katherine A. Powers
Jon Schaff

George F. Kennan, The Kennan Diaries, edited by Frank Costigliola
Richard Gamble

Brian Craig Miller, ed., A Punishment on the Nation: An Iowa Soldier Endures the Civil War
Joseph W. Danielson

Jim Harrison, The Big Seven: A Faux Mystery
Marcia Noe

Paul Schneider, Old Man River: The Mississippi River in North American History.
Michael Allen

Kurt Ullrich, The Iowa State Fair
Robert Leonard

Ladette Randolph, Leaving the Pink House
Karen Gettert Shoemaker

James Cannon, Gerald R. Ford: An Honorable Life
Jim Kratsas

Victoria M. Young, Saint John’s Abbey Church: Marcel Breuer and the Creation of a Modern Sacred Space
Harry Hagan

Michael R. Federspiel, Little Traverse Bay: Past and Present
Aaron Shapiro

James G. Morgan, Into New Territory: American Historians and the Concept of U.S. Imperialism
Jeremi Suri

Frans De Bruyn and Shaun Regan, eds., The Culture of the Seven Years’ War: Empire, Identity, and the Arts in the Eighteenth-Century Atlantic World
Timothy J. Shannon

Michael J. Douma, How Dutch Americans Stayed Dutch: An Historical Perspective on Ethnic Studies
Robert Schoone-Jongen

John Bicknell, America 1844: Religious Fervor, Westward Expansion, and the Presidential Election that Transformed the Nation
John C. Pinheiro

Martha Bergland and Paul G. Hayes, Studying Wisconsin: The Life of Increase Lapham, Early Chronicler of Plants, Rocks, Rivers, Mounds, and All Things Wisconsin
Robert Michael Morrissey

A. James Fuller, ed., The Election of 1860 Reconsidered
Thomas J. Balcerski

Stephen E. Towne, Surveillance and Spies in the Civil War: Exposing Confederate Conspiracies in America’s Heartland
Thomas J. Ryan

Colin G. Calloway, The Victory with No Name: The Native American Defeat of the First American Army
John M. Rhea

Brent M. S. Campney, This is Not Dixie: Racist Violence in Kansas, 1861–1927
Robert R. Dykstra

Nancy L. Bunge, The Midwestern Novel: Literary Populism from Huckleberry Finn to the Present
Ronald Weber

Larry Lockridge, Shade of the Raintree: The Life and Death of Ross Lockridge, Jr., Author of Raintree County
Donald Gray

Adam Criblez, Parading Patriotism: Independence Day Celebrations in the Urban Midwest, 1826–1876
Ginette Aley

Media Reviews
As Goes Janesville, dir. Brad Lichtenstein (2012)
Jesse Gant

Bridesmaids, dir. Paul Feig (2011)
Simone Becque

Hoop Dreams, dirs. Steve James, Peter Gilbert, and Frederick Marx (1994)
Matthew E. Stanley

Ride with the Devil, dir. Ang Lee (1999)
Michael W. Harris

Winter’s Bone, dir. Debra Granik (2010)
Matthew Reeves