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New Approaches to Midwestern Studies

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.


Paul Finkelman
President William McKinley Distinguished Professor of Law, Albany Law School
Brian Schoen
Associate professor of history, Ohio University
Matthew E. Stanley
Assistant professor of history, Albany State University in Albany, Georgia

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Peoples of the Inland Sea
Native Americans and Newcomers in the Great Lakes Region, 1600–1870
By David Andrew Nichols

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.

American History · Native American History · North America · Native American Studies · Midwest

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In Essentials, Unity
An Economic History of the Grange Movement
By Jenny Bourne
· Preface by Paul Finkelman

The Patrons of Husbandry—or the Grange—is the longest-lived US agricultural society and, since its founding shortly after the Civil War, has had immeasurable influence on social change as enacted by ordinary Americans. The Grange sought to relieve the struggles of small farmers by encouraging collaboration. Pathbreaking for its inclusion of women, the Grange is also well known for its association with Gilded Age laws aimed at curbing the monopoly power of railroads.

American History · 19th century · Economic History · American Civil War · Legal and Constitutional History · Food Studies · Midwest

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Driven toward Madness
The Fugitive Slave Margaret Garner and Tragedy on the Ohio
By Nikki M. Taylor

Margaret Garner was the runaway slave who, when confronted with capture just outside of Cincinnati, slit the throat of her toddler daughter rather than have her face a life in slavery. Her story has inspired Toni Morrison’s Beloved, a film based on the novel starring Oprah Winfrey, and an opera. Yet, her life has defied solid historical treatment.

American History · Slavery and Slave Trade · African American Studies · Legal and Constitutional History · 19th century · Women’s Studies · Ohio and Regional · Ohio