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In The Heartland Kristin L Hoganson drills deep into the center of the country only to find a global story in the resulting core sample Deftly navigating the disconnect between history and myth she tracks both the backstory of this region and the evolution of the idea of an unalloyed heart at the center of the land A provocative and highly original work of historical scholarship The Heartland speaks volumes about pressing preoccupations among them identity and community immigration and trade and security and global power And food To read it is to be inoculated against using the word heartland unironically ever again. Seeks to repudiate the myth of the heartland as a one dimensional unchanging and conservative region with little impact on the nation s past Hoganson focuses mainly on Champaign Illinois as a microcosm of the heartland She delves into various historical aspects that had an effect on the region including agriculture animal husbandry education politics aviation bird migration and the presence of Native Americans All these elements contributed to the region s rich interconnected history An exhaustive work alternately interesting and dry Overall an excellent work of scholarship and must read to gain a greater understanding of this rich and complex area of the country An irk with the cataloging of the book only the broader sub heading of Middle West is used in the subject headings with no mention of Champaign or Illinois This is unfortunate in that it may lead many a researcher or patron interested specifically in this particular region to pass over the book

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A history of a uintessentially American place the rural and small town heartland that uncovers deep yet hidden currents of connection with the worldWhen Kristin L Hoganson arrived in Champaign Illinois after teaching at Harvard studying at Yale and living in the DC metro area with various stints overseas she expected to find her new home well isolated Even provincial After all she had landed in the American heartland a place where the nation's identity exists in its pristine form Or so we have been taught to believe Struck by the gap between reputation and reality she determined to get to the bottom of history and m. NoMy only comment is that the Midwest deserves to be taken seriously as a historical space in its own right not as a zone significant only for its connections with other regions of the world Hoganson initially comes at the topic from the angle of actually the Midwest isn t fundamentally isolationist or parochial Duh We didn t need this book to tell us that This work feels almost like an insult

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Yth The deeper she dug into the making of the modern heartland the wider her story became as she realized that she'd uncovered an unheralded crossroads of people commerce and ideas But the really interesting thing Hoganson found was that over the course of American history even as the region's connections with the rest of the planet became increasingly dense and intricate the idea of the rural Midwest as a steadfast heartland became a stronger and stubbornly immovable myth In enshrining a symbolic heart the American people have repressed the kinds of stories that Hoganson tells of sweeping breadth and depth and soul. I m still wrapping my head around why this was such an awful read premise approached poorly and executed lazily absolutely awful writing lack of understanding about the subject but mostly I m just angry I wasted time finishing it


10 thoughts on “The Heartland

  1. says:

    Anyone looking to this book for a broad survey of the Midwest as the title seems to suggest will undoubtedly be disappointed What one gets instead is a focused argument illustrated by an episodic account of interactions with one place in the Midwest designed to show insistently and persistently that the Midwest is not and never has been isolated or parochial; instead it has always had and pursued internationa

  2. says:

    I found this intriguing thought provoking and wide ranging exploration of what is actually meant by the term The American H

  3. says:

    NoMy only comment is that the Midwest deserves to be taken seriously as a historical space in its own right not as a zone significant only for its connections with other regions of the world Hoganson initially comes at the topic from the angle of actually the Midwest isn't fundamentally isolationist or parochial Duh We didn't need this book t

  4. says:

    The ideas of this book are valuable though the writing is mediocre As with many academic projects I can imagine this book shrunk into two highly interesting New Yorker style articles The first article that I'd select from this book would be the creation of the Heartland In Hoganson's telling America arrived at a point when it needed an identity We can imagine any number of choices for that symbolic heart of th

  5. says:

    The Heartland is a brief snapshot of middle America focusing primarily on Illinois and the community of Champaign since the author works at the local university She begins by addressing all the nicknames for the Midwest including the flyover states a label I personally detest because it's denigrating The Midwest has much to offer and its citizens' values are often scoffed at but midwesterners are hardy stabl

  6. says:

    I’m still wrapping my head around why this was such an awful read premise approached poorly and executed lazily absolutely

  7. says:

    This book oozed with the passion of her research And being from Michigan I really enjoyed reading it But her focus on using modern day PC presumptions distracted from her conclusions in many parts Focusing on the specific area of Champaign IL with it's excellent University surrounding areas and the peoples that made the human history of the place gave it a great focus and I did a lot of compare contrast with where I grew up in Ea

  8. says:

    Seeks to repudiate the myth of the heartland as a one dimensional unchanging and conservative region with little impact o

  9. says:

    This was not an easy book for me And yet I learned so much Picking it up you think it will help define that part of the world in which you have lived most of your life Yes and no Hoganson takes you places you didn't think you would ever go Central Illinois becomes the locus of Kickapoos Berkshire hogs and English beef cattle Sound strangeit

  10. says:

    Wow this book had so muchinfoabout thebeginigof farming the hops and their breed I liked this book it had much to learn abou

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