Midwestern Dreams or Nightmares? An Appreciation and Critique of Caroline Fraser’s Prairie Fires: The American Dreams of Laura Ingalls Wilder
John E. Miller
Ideological Origins of a Radical Democrat: The Early Political Thought of Tom L. Johnson, 1888–1895
Soft, Democratic, and Universalist: In Search of the Main Currents of Traditional Midwestern Identity and a Grand Historiographic Synthesis
Jon K. Lauck
John P. Bowes, Land Too Good for Indians: Northern Indian Removal
John R. Wunder
Carrie Tirado Bramen, American Niceness: A Cultural History
Frank Cicero Jr., Creating the Land of Lincoln: The History and Constitutions of Illinois, 1778–1870
Nathan E. Perz, Esq.
Julianne Couch, The Small-Town Midwest: Resilience and Hope in the Twenty-First Century
Julie L. Davis, Survival Schools: The American Indian Movement and Community Education in the Twin Cities
Paul Durcan, Wild, Wild Erie: Poems Inspired by Works of Art in the Toledo Museum of Art, Ohio
John Herrmann, Foreign Born
Paul E. Herron, Framing the Solid South: The State Constitutional Conventions of Secession, Reconstruction, and Redemption, 1860–1902
Silvana R. Siddali
Theodore J. Karamanski and Eileen M. McMahon, Civil War Chicago: Eyewitness to History
Christopher R. Reed
Mark A. Lause, The Great Cowboy Strike: Bullets, Ballots, and Class Conflicts in the American West
Phillip J. Obermiller and Thomas E. Wagner, The Cincinnati Human Relations Commission: A History, 1943–2013
Charles F. Casey-Leininger
Derek S. Oden, Harvest of Hazards: Family Farming, Accidents, and Expertise in the Corn Belt, 1940–1975
Liesl Olson, Chicago Renaissance: Literature and Art in the Midwest Metropolis
John E. Hallwas
Garin Pirnia, Rebels and Underdogs: The Story of Ohio Rock and Roll
Mark B. Pohlad, James R. Hopkins: Faces of the Heartland
Shari Rabin, Jews on the Frontier: Religion and Mobility in Nineteenth-Century America
Mara W. Cohen Ioannides
Roger L. Rosentreter, Michigan: A History of Explorers, Entrepreneurs, and Everyday People
Matthew Lawrence Daley
Winton U. Solberg, Creating the Big Ten: Courage, Corruption, and Commercialization
Peter A. Coclanis
Richard Samuel West, Iconoclast in Ink: The Political Cartoons of Jay N. “Ding” Darling
Paul V. Murphy
Dave Zweifel and John Nichols, The Capital Times: A Proudly Radical Newspaper’s Century-Long Fight for Justice and for Peace
Book Review Essays
Midwestern Soldiers in the Civil War
L. Bao Bui
Midwestern History is Out of the Closet
Recent Developments in Midwestern Labor History
Hispanics in the Middle West
Traversing the Class Boundary: Gone Girl (2014) as Failed Remake
“A Riot is the Language of the Unheard”: The Grassroots Activism of Whose Streets? (2017)
Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri (2017), directed by Martin McDonagh
Alec MacGillis, “Left Behind America,” Frontline, PBS, 2018
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
Jeff Wells, University of Nebraska at KearneyMaryKat Parks Workinger, Ferrysburg, Michigan
Richard J. Jensen, Montana State University–Billings
Paula Nelson, University of Wisconsin at Platteville
Gregory L. Schneider, Emporia State University
Stephen Aron, University of California–Los Angeles
William Barillas, University of Wisconsin–La Crosse
Megan Birk, University of Texas Rio Grande Valley
James F. Brooks, University of California–Santa Barbara
David F. Good, University of Minnesota–Twin Cities
Jeffrey Helgeson, Texas State University
Jason A. Heppler, University of Nebraska Omaha
Wallace A. Hettle, University of Northern Iowa
Michael Innis-Jiménez, University of Alabama
Rebecca J. Kinney, Bowling Green State University
Sara A. Kosiba, Kent State University
Brian Craig Miller, Mission College
Matthew Sanderson, Kansas State University
Andrew Seal, University of New Hampshire
Sharon E. Wood, University of Nebraska Omaha
Eric S. Zimmer, Vantage Point Historical Services
Jennifer Stinton, Saginaw Valley State University
Adam Ochonicky, University of Wisconsin–Oshkosh
Call for Proposals: Sixth Annual Midwestern History Conference
Tuesday, May 12–Wednesday, May 13, 2020
Grand Rapids, Michigan
Proposal Submission Deadline: Friday, January 3, 2020 (non-negotiable)
The Midwestern History Association and the Hauenstein Center at Grand Valley State University invite proposals for papers to be delivered at the Sixth Annual Midwestern History Conference, to be held May 12-13, 2020, in Grand Rapids, Michigan.
This conference continues a discussion which has grown significantly over the last five years, at collaborative conferences designed to spark—and sustain—a revival of Midwestern studies in American historiography. Infused with the varieties of original research pursued by scholars from many different career paths and stages, this annual gathering strives to cultivate rigorous historical understanding of a complex, dynamic, and misunderstood region. Last year’s Midwestern History Conference attracted more than 180 participants serving on 50 panels. Plenary speakers at the Midwestern History Conference in previous years have included winners of the Pulitzer, Bancroft, and Parkman Prizes, a National Book Award Finalist, and a past president of the Labor and Working Class History Association.
We welcome papers relating to all aspects of the history of the American Midwest, in all its diversity. At this time, the Midwestern History Association is particularly interested in receiving submissions that use race, gender, sexuality, ethnicity, Indigeneity, diaspora, and transnationalism as topics and categories of analysis for exploring Midwestern history.
Panel and roundtable proposals should be a maximum of 1,000 words.
Individual paper proposals are also welcome, and should be a maximum of 300 words.
All proposals must be accompanied by short vitas of the participants. All proposals must also contain contact information for every presenter included in the proposal.
Proposals should be sent to Jakob Bigard of Grand Valley State University’s Hauenstein Center at email@example.com.
The Midwestern History Association, created in the fall of 2014, is dedicated to rebuilding the field of Midwestern History, which had suffered from decades of neglect and inattention. The MHA advocates for greater attention to Midwestern history among professional historians, seeks to rebuild the infrastructure necessary for the study of the American Midwest, promotes greater academic discourse relating to Midwestern history, and offers prizes to scholars who excel in the study of the Midwest.
To become a member of the Midwestern History Association, please contact MHA President Ted Frantz at firstname.lastname@example.org. Members are added to an email list that provides access to news about upcoming conferences, calls for papers, and other proposals related to Midwestern history. Standard member dues are $40; the student rate is $20. The MHA also gladly accepts donations toward the cost of annual prizes and other expenses, as well.
Inspired by Ralph Hauenstein’s life of leadership and service, and based at Grand Valley State University in Grand Rapids, Michigan, the Hauenstein Center is dedicated to raising a community of ethical, effective leaders for the twenty-first century. Launched with support from the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Center’s Common Ground Initiative engages leading scholars, writers, and public officials in conversations about the cultural, political, and intellectual challenges that Americans face.
As a proud partner of the Midwestern History Association, the Hauenstein Center is committed to supporting historical scholarship on the American Midwest. Bounded by the Great Plains and Great Lakes; known for agriculture and industry; for irenic countryside and great cities; labeled the Breadbasket, the Heartland, and the Rust Belt; the history of the Midwest – its peoples and places, cultures and conflicts, aspirations and afflictions – is the history of America’s most common ground.
PROPOSALS ARE DUE NO LATER THAN JANUARY 3, 2020._______________
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Libraries face a dilemma: the number of books, journals, and other information resources available to offer to their patrons is growing faster than their acquisitions budgets. Decisions about which new materials to add in a given year are influenced by a number of factors, not the least of which are whether they are aware of the existence of a resource and the value that resource would bring to those who rely on the library. Librarians often appreciate the input of users in gathering the information they need to make those evaluations. There is no one right way to share information about a particular journal with a library. Some institutions have formal procedures for submitting acquisition requests, others rely on regular communication between subject area librarians and the departments they serve, and some have no specifically defined method. You are in the best position to determine the most appropriate method for approaching your library with a request for the addition of a journal to its collection. However, we have developed a library recommendation form as one tool you can use to provide your library with relevant information. The form contains basic information about the journal: a description, its print and electronic ISSNs, frequency of publication, pricing, print and electronic options, and ordering information. It also includes a few questions for you to complete that address your evaluation of the journal's value. If you choose to use the form, fill it out then send it to the appropriate individual at your library. Do not return it to the University of Nebraska Press.