Volume 9, Number 1 (Fall 2022)
Jon K. Lauck
“Ho! My boys, this is the place!”: The Manx in the Midwest and the Emigration of the Faragher Brothers
John Mack Faragher
Politicized Refuge: The Rise of the Sanctuary Movement in Chicago
How the Germans Beat Bates: Gustav Koerner, Carl Schurz, and the Republican National Convention of 1860
Cormac Henry Broeg
Aging, Retirement, and Community Building in a Middle West Suburb
Christopher P. Lehman, Slavery’s Reach: Southern Slaveholders in the North Star State
Jon K. Lauck and Catherine McNicol Stock, eds., The Conservative Heartland: A Political History of the Postwar American Midwest
Linda Van Ingen
Marc C. Johnson, Tuesday Night Massacre: Four Senate Elections and the Radicalization of the Republican Party
Bernard von Bothmer
Stephen T. Kissel, America’s Religious Crossroads: Faith and Community in the Emerging Midwest
Mark Kruger, The St. Louis Commune of 1877: Communism in the Heartland
Kristy Nabhan-Warren, Meatpacking America: How Migration, Work, and Faith Unite and Divide the Heartland
Kevin D. Smith
Chuy Renteria, We Heard it When We Were Young
Ryan Rodgers, Winter’s Children: A Celebration of Nordic Skiing
Harry F. Thompson, “Bright, Clear Sky Over a Plain So Wide”: The Center for Western Studies, 1964–2020
Theresa L. Weller, The Founding Mothers of Mackinac Island: The Agatha Biddle Band of 1870
David A. Nichols
Book Review Essays
The Spirit of Innovation in Ohio Cities
John W. Kropf
Midwestern Studies Meets Critical Race Theory: Notes on Imagining the Heartland
Jon K. Lauck
Road to Perdition (dir. Sir Samuel Alexander Mendes, 2002)
An Interview with Britt Halvorson and Joshua Reno
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: email@example.com
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
Jennifer Stinson, Saginaw Valley State University
Christopher R. Laingen, Eastern Illinois University
Hannah Redder, New York University
David Grabitske, South Dakota State Historical Society
Richard J. Jensen, Montana State University–Billings
Paula Nelson, University of Wisconsin at Platteville
Gregory L. Schneider, Emporia State University
Graduate Student Assistant
Zach Wattier, University of South Dakota
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
R. Douglas Hurt, Purdue University
Suzzanne Kelley, North Dakota State University Press
Sara A. Kosiba, Kent State University
Gregory S. Rose, The Ohio State University at Marion
Matthew Sanderson, Kansas State University
Andrew Seal, University of New Hampshire
Jeff Wells, Dickinson State University
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: firstname.lastname@example.org
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
This list of peer-reviewed articles & reviews centers on the work of acclaimed author (and UNL alum) Willa Cather. Known for her novels on the pioneer experience, her works are reexamined here through the lens of modern-day academics.Reading List: Social Media
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