H-Midwest Roundtables are a regular feature on H-Midwest. Each Roundtable introduces a subject or question in the field and a selection of thoughtful responses solicited from experts in the field, H-Midwest's Board, and responses to general calls. Roundtables are syntheses of current thinking on a subject and introduce a few new ideas and serve as starting points for discussion. Subscribers are invited to join the roundtable by replying to any contribution. At the end of each set of contributions is an open forum for thoughts on the roundtable subject generally.
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The Spring 2017 issue of The Annals of Iowa is now available.
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The University of Missouri-Kansas City's Center for Midwestern Studies invite applications from K-12 teachers for the upcoming workshop, "Crossroads of Conflict: Contested Visions of Freedom & The Missouri-Kansas Border Wars."
2017 Thomas Krasean Student Scholarship
The Society of Indiana Archivists will award the Thomas Krasean Student Scholarship to attend the 2017 Society of Indiana Archivists Annual Meeting, held on Friday, March 31, 2017. The scholarship recipient will receive a complimentary registration to the Annual Meeting and $150.00 to cover the expenses associated with attending.
Application Deadline: March 10, 2017
Earlier today, H-Midwest Board member Jon Lauck appeared on "Central Standard" on KCUR in Kansas City to discuss the topic "What is the Midwest?" It was a fun and informative half hour on our favorite subject. A lot of interesting (and some surprising) definitions of Midwest came up, and quite a bit of sterotype bunking was heard.
The latest chapter in the saga of the Indiana State Archives is playing out in the halls of power in Indianapolis. How the story ends is not yet known.
Wilbur Zelinsky wrote about Oklahoma in his book Cultural Geography of the United States. He categorized the state as one of three US regions of “uncertain status or affiliation.” (The other two were Texas and peninsula Florida.)
Zelinsky more or less said Oklahoma was divided culturally and geographically east and west. The eastern half of Oklahoma bordering Arkansas used to grow cotton and was like the South, but the western half is more like the Great Plains.
Given Oklahoma's Native American history and energy industry, I always thought of the state in the larger context of the West. If anything, it does raise (or repeat) a larger question regarding the study of American regionalism: to what extent can regions be defined by state boundaries? It's certainly convenient but, as works like Fischer's Albion's Seed or Woodward's American Nations show, things are not always so clearly defined.
Good question! Speaking as an editor of H-Midwest, we came up with some early definitions for our purposes, and our Midwest did not include Oklahoma. But we also consider our definition not flexible but perhaps completely unnecessary.
Oklahoma is not included on the current States listed for the web page. Is Oklahoma considered South only ?
As a Minnesotan, I just had to share this book review from our friends at H-Skand. I've always enjoyed the strength of feeling aroused in Minnesotans by the Kensington Rune Stone and the story of Vikings settling in Minnesota. The feelings have always been strong, but divided: some still believe it, many do not, but both sides have always seemed surprisingly passionate. I remember meeting people who were taught about the Kensington Rune Stone in their history classes.
Here is a set of news stories and other web writing on the subject of Midwestern Literature. Some ask, “Is there a Midwestern Literature?” Others strongly say, “Yes!” What do you think? What characterizes Midwestern Literature?
I am working on a scholarly project concerning the production, marketing, and pedagogy of history education in the mid-nineteenth century. One of the authors in the study is Marcius Willson, probably the most prolific textbook writer (especially of school Readers) in this period, under contract with Harper and Brothers since 1860. He and his rival authors were deeply involved with marketing their works through commission agents who fanned out across the midwest and South to secure adoptions by school districts. In 1864, his Readers’ penetration into the midwest sparked a major war with t