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The American Midwest : An Interpretive Encyclopedia - Andrew R. L. Cayton

The American Midwest

An Interpretive Encyclopedia

By: Andrew R. L. Cayton (Editor), Richard Sisson (Editor), Chris Zacher (Editor)

Hardcover Published: 1st October 2006
ISBN: 9780253348869
Number Of Pages: 1916

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This first-ever encyclopedia of the Midwest seeks to embrace this large and diverse area, to give it voice, and help define its distinctive character. Organized by topic, it encourages readers to reflect upon the region as a whole. Each section moves from the general to the specific, covering broad themes in longer introductory essays, filling in the details in the shorter entries that follow. There are portraits of each of the region's twelve states, followed by entries on society and culture, community and social life, economy and technology, and public life. The book offers a wealth of information about the region's surprising ethnic diversity -- a vast array of foods, languages, styles, religions, and customs -- plus well-informed essays on the region's history, culture and values, and conflicts. A site of ideas and innovations, reforms and revivals, and social and physical extremes, the Midwest emerges as a place of great complexity, signal importance, and continual fascination.

Industry Reviews

Best suited for browsing or targeting searches via the excellent index, this essential encyclopedia is suitable for patrons of all public and academic libraries.2008 -- Julienne L. Wood * American Reference Books Annual Vol. 39 *
Unlike some state and regional encyclopedias, which seem to inundate the reader with facts and figures but never really relay a feel for their subject, this one was clearly created with the aim of endowing the reader with a sense of the American Midwest and its people. . . . This encyclopedia also gets kudos for one of the most comprehensive sections on labor- and class-related issues that it has been my pleasure to read . . .Spring/Summer 2009 * Western Folklore *
Although the essence of a place can never be definitively captured-even in a work stretching to almost two thousand pages-this ambitious publication productively engages the question.Vol. 37, No. 2 * South Dakota History *
[A] welcome and instructive volume, which treats the vernacular Midwest . . . as a coherent and unified region. Vol. 104, September 2008 * Indiana Magazine of History *
This ambitious volume, the culmination of nearly ten years of effort by hundreds of scholars . . . [presents] a comprehensive and scholarly treatment of its subject while at the same time challenging the reader's expectations of what an encyclopedia should be.Spring 2008, Vol. 115 * Ohio History *
A collection of provocative readings that may inspire further research. * Choice *
Spanning 1,890 pages and weighing in at 8 pounds, the encyclopedia is a lot like its subject: big, brawny, hardworking, plainspoken, and yes, far more interesting and outrageous than you ever imagined. May 5, 2007 * Milwaukee Journal Sentinel *
You'll close this new book and start spouting fascinating-and even useful-facts to your friends long before you realize that. -- Trevor Meers * Midwest Living *
This book is an essential text for all Midwestern libraries. . . . Middle-American people, landscapes, and culture all stand to benefit from this weighty work of scholarship, as it provides us with a holistic guide for understanding ourselves, our neighbors, our regional landscape, and our place on the national stage. Summer 2007 * Ohioana Quarterly *
The American Midwest was a tremendous undertaking, and the final product is a well-balanced and extremely useful volume for scholars, researchers, and casual readers interested in learning more about all aspects of midwestern geography, history, and culture. Spring 2008, Vol. 34, No. 1 * Michigan Historical Review *
Any way you look at it, The American Midwest: An Interpretive Encyclopedia is impressive. * Minnesota History *
At 1,800 oversized pages, brimming with hundreds of lively essays on every imaginable Midwestern subject, it's an autodidact's delight, and a great addition to any serious reader's library. December 1, 2007 * Northern Ohio Live *
Best suited for browsing or targeted searches via the excellent index, this essential encyclopedia is suitable for patrons of all public and academic libraries. -- Julienne L. Wood * American Reference Books Annual Vol. 39 *

Landscapes and People
Portraits of the Twelve States
Images of the Midwest
Society and Culture
Cultural Institutions
Sports and Recreation
Media and Entertainment
Community and Social Life
Rural Life
Small-Town Life
Urban and Suburban Life
Economy and Technology
Labor and Working-Class Culture
Science and Technology, Health and Medicine
Public Life
Constitutional and Legal Culture
Military Affairs
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ISBN: 9780253348869
ISBN-10: 0253348862
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 1916
Published: 1st October 2006
Publisher: Indiana University Press
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 27.94 x 22.23  x 6.35
Weight (kg): 4.24