New Approaches to Midwestern Studies broadens conventional understandings of the nation’s middle region, publishing scholarship that moves the field in new directions. The series explores regionalism and regional problems through interdisciplinary, comparative, transnational, and traditional methodologies, fostering research that considers perceptions of the Midwest as well as the influence of a unique Midwestern culture and history on the nation and the region’s residents.
Associate professor of history, Ohio University
Matthew E. Stanley
Assistant professor of history, Albany State University in Albany, Georgia
James Simeone’s case study uncovers in the 1846 expulsion of Mormons from Illinois an important object lesson for American democracy today, revealing the impossibility of state neutrality in the face of entrenched group beliefs and segregated settlement.
David Andrew Nichols offers a fresh history of the Lakes peoples over nearly three centuries of rapid change. As the people themselves persisted, so did their customs, religions, and control over their destinies. Accessible and creative, this book is destined to become a classroom staple for Native American history.
In In Essentials, Unity, Jenny Bourne presents a lively picture of a fraternal organization—the Patrons of Husbandry, or the Grange—devoted to improving the lot of small farmers but whose legacies extend far beyond agriculture, shaping the very notion of collective action and how it is deployed even today.
Margaret Garner was a runaway slave who, when confronted with capture, slit the throat of her toddler daughter rather than have her face a life in slavery. Driven toward Madness probes slavery’s legacy of violence and trauma to capture her circumstances and her transformation from a murdering mother to an icon of tragedy and resistance.