Volume 8, Number 2 (Spring 2022)
Special Symposium: The Jewish Midwest
Jon K. Lauck
Jewish “Iron Rangers”: Jewish Settlement on Minnesota’s Iron Range
Marilyn J. Chiat
“There Are No Cultural Islands like Ceshinsky’s”: Ceshinsky’s Community Bookstore and Intellectual Space in Chicago, 1922–1966
Eyzehu M’koman Shel Zevakhim? [What is the Site of the Ritual Sacrifice?]: Yiddish Writers Encounter the Chicago Meatpacking Industry
Culture and Politics in Cleveland’s Hebrew Cultural Garden
“Minneapolis: The Curious Twin”: A Reexamination
Kerry Pimblott, Faith in Black Power: Religion, Race, and Resistance in Cairo, Illinois
Sara Egge, Woman Suffrage and Citizenship in the Midwest, 1870–1920
Kristopher Maulden, The Federalist Frontier: Settler Politics in the Old Northwest, 1783–1840
Patrick Allan Pospisek
Jane Ann Moore and William F. Moore, Owen Lovejoy and the Coalition for Equality: Clergy, African Americans, and Women United for Abolition
Rochelle E. Danquah
Jonathan Wright and Dawson Barrett, Punks in Peoria: Making a Scene in the American Heartland
Book Review Essay
Goths and Visigoths: Jon Hassler and the Midwestern Moral Universe
Jon K. Lauck
Detroit, dir. Kathryn Bigelow, 2017
Breaking Away, dir. Peter Yates, 1979
Internal/Rural Disaster and Recovery in Take Shelter (dir. Jeff Nichols, 2011)
An Interview with Pulitzer-Prize Winning Journalist, Farah Stockman
An Interview with Iowa’s Poet Laureate, Debra Marquart
Midwestern Fashion Pioneer: Virgil Abloh, 1980–2021
Holly M. Kent
A Poet of the Midwest: Robert Bly, 1926–2021
David R. Pichaske
How the Midwest Shaped the Way We Bank: Early Twentieth-Century Banking Politics
Christopher W. Shaw
The Middle West Review accepts submissions on a rolling basis. We encourage readers to contribute original content that deepens the public’s understanding of the American Midwest in an accessible and thoughtful manner. Some examples of submission types include:
Articles and Essays
Scholarly articles or essays should run roughly 8,000-12,000 words and articulate a central thesis about an important aspect of the Midwest. These works should build upon original research or new interpretations of existing sources and advance a unique argument pertaining to the American Midwest and, when appropriate, rely on proper citations and a footnote apparatus. Authors are advised to review earlier issues of Middle West Review to better understand the type of articles published by the journal.
These projects should incorporate original photographs of or about the Midwest. We ask contributors to also include a description of each photograph and a brief written explanation (100 to 200 words) of their significance as a body of work.
Book Reviews: Middle West Review is eager to review new books related to the Midwest and to publish review essays which discuss groupings of recent books about the Midwest. Book review inquiries should be directed to Jennifer Stinson: firstname.lastname@example.org
Other types of submissions will be also considered. All contributions will undergo a process of peer review spearheaded by the Middle West Review editors and executive board.
Submissions will either be accepted for publication outright, returned with a request to “revise and resubmit,” or rejected outright. All submissions will benefit from the comments and revisions of the Middle West Review editors and its editorial reviewers.
Authors should consult the Chicago Manual of Style as they prepare to submit their manuscripts to Middle West Review. Works should use endnotes in accordance with that manual’s specifications. Please Times New Roman 12-point font. All written submissions should be double-spaced and have one-inch margins on all sides. Manuscripts should be clear, concise, and devoid of jargon. Refrain from using the first person or passive voice. Successful submissions will marshal a strong argument buttressed by adequate evidence, thoughtful analysis, and lucid prose. Furthermore, in keeping with the journal’s mission, manuscripts should use the Midwest as a category of analysis and seek to explain why their project matters for the study of this region.
Please feel free to submit your materials at any time to MWR@USD.edu. You can also send any questions about submissions and other matters to that address.
Jon K. Lauck, University of South Dakota
David Grabitske, South Dakota State Historical SocietyJennifer Stinson, Saginaw Valley State University
Hannah Redder, New York University
Richard J. Jensen, Montana State University–Billings
Paula Nelson, University of Wisconsin at Platteville
Gregory L. Schneider, Emporia State University
William Barillas, University of Wisconsin–La Crosse
Megan Birk, University of Texas Rio Grande Valley
James F. Brooks, University of California–Santa Barbara
Jason Duncan, Aquinas College
David F. Good, University of Minnesota–Twin Cities
Jeffrey Helgeson, Texas State University
Wallace A. Hettle, University of Northern Iowa
R. Douglas Hurt, Purdue University
Suzzanne Kelley, North Dakota State University Press
Rebecca J. Kinney, Bowling Green State University
Sara A. Kosiba, Kent State University
Gregory Rose, The Ohio State University at Marion
Matthew Sanderson, Kansas State University
Andrew Seal, University of New Hampshire
Jonathan Kasparek, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee
Adam Ochonicky, University of Wisconsin–Oshkosh
Middle West Review seeks applications for the post of Editor-in-Chief and Associate Editor. The EIC oversees and coordinates all operations of publishing MWR, including; assigning manuscript submissions to evaluators; communicating with authors; communicating with MWR’s publisher; signing off on accepted manuscripts; chairing the meetings of the Executive Board; keeping records of the actions of the Executive Board and insuring that complete and accurate records for MWR are maintained.
An Associate Editor performs a range of tasks relating to the day-to-day operations of MWR, but this position in particular will focus on copyediting. MWR seeks a copyeditor with a knowledge of the Chicago Manual of Style, who can use Track Changes for editing, who has experience in communicating with authors about revisions, and who is an effective proofreader.
Interested parties should submit a letter of intent and a CV to the chair of the journal's Executive Board, Paula Nelson, by September 19, 2022: email@example.com
This list of peer-reviewed materials features articles on many topics spanning Globalization, Genocide, Religion, Diaspora Communities, and other aspects on the topic of Migration.Reading List: Willa Cather
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