Middle West Review 10. 1

Middle West Review 10. 1

Edited by Jon K. Lauck
Christopher R. Laingen and Jennifer Stinson, Associate Editors 
Camden Burd and Jennifer Kirsten Stinson, Guest Editors

Table Of Contents

Volume 10, Number 1, Fall 2023
Special Issue: Symposium on Midwestern Environmental History


Introduction: The Endangered Ecosystem of Midwestern History
Jon K. Lauck 

Symposium on Midwestern Environmental History
Unearthing the Past: A Midwestern Environmental History Symposium
Camden Burd and Jennifer Kirsten Stinson, guest co-editors

Place Writing in the Root River Valley
James T. Spartz 

Sensing Death and Beauty: Mary Henderson Eastman’s Dahcotah, the Myth of Indian Vanishment, and the Environment on the Upper Mississippi River
Karl Nycklemoe 

“The Land Is the Only Thing”: Ojibwe Treaty Rights, Conservation, and Environmental Sovereignty
Katrina M. Phillips 

A Farm That Won’t Wear Out: Midwestern Conceptions of Soil in the Early Twentieth Century
Elizabeth Cafer du Plessis 

“Natural Channels”: Second Nature, the Illinois Central Railroad, and the Fortunes of Galena, Illinois
Patrick Allan Pospisek 

Sweet Solution, Sticky Situation: Mill Technology, Organized Labor, and the Midwestern Origins of High Fructose Corn Syrup
Brian James Leech 

“We were environmentalists long before it was popular”: Legacies of Settler Colonialism in the Coal-Based Pollution of the Midwest’s 1970s Energy Sector
Elizabeth Grennan Browning 

Book Reviews
James H. Madison, The Ku Klux Klan in the Heartland
Michael D. Jacobs

Walter D. Kamphoefner, Germans in America: A Concise History
Samuel Boucher 

Lori J. Daggar, Cultivating Empire: Capitalism, Philanthropy, and the Negotiation of American Imperialism in Indian Country
John T. Peyton 

Melissa Ford, A Brick and A Bible: Black Women’s Radical Activism in the Midwest During the Great Depression
Alyssa P. Cole 

Jon K. Lauck, The Good Country: A History of the American Midwest, 1800–1900
Michael J. Lansing 

Pamela Riney-Kehrberg, When a Dream Dies: Agriculture, Iowa, and the Farm Crisis of the 1980s
Mark Friedberger 

Keith Wilhite, Contested Terrain: Suburban Fiction and U.S. Regionalism, 1945–2020
Marcia Noe

Stephen Kantrowitz, Citizens of a Stolen Land: A Ho-Chunk History of the Nineteenth-Century United States
Jonathan Kasparek

Matthew Smith, The Spires Still Point to Heaven: Cincinnati’s Religious Landscape, 1788–1873
Jon Butler

Elizabeth Currid-Halkett, The Overlooked Americans: The Resilience of Our Rural Towns and What It Means for Our Country
Dennis Boyles

Book Review Essays
Cherished Lives and Lasting Values: Memoirs of the Rural Midwest
Patrick Garry

Writing Midwestern State Histories
R. Douglas Hurt 

Media Review Essay
Jazz, Film Noir, and the Geography of Music: Revisiting Duke Ellington’s Score for Otto Preminger’s Anatomy of a Murder (1959)
Anthony Ballas

The Death of a Midwestern College
Jeff Bremer 

Superseding Academic Freedom: Erika Lopez Prater and Hamline University
Philip Christman 

Gordon Lightfoot: A Regionalist Retrospective
Zachary Michael Jack 

When Midwestern Cities Were the Richest in the Nation
Louis D. Johnston 

In the Shadow of the South and West: Centering Studies of Midwestern History
Kevin T. Mason 

The History Crisis: It’s Time to Look Outward
Jeremy Best and Amy J. Rutenberg 

An Interview with Kathleen Neils Conzen
Jon K. Lauck

An Interview with Elizabeth Currid-Halkett
Jon K. Lauck

An Interview with Sonya Huber and Steven Moore
Jon K. Lauck

In Memorium 
John R. Wunder, 1945–2023
Todd M. Kerstetter