Read From Warm Center to Ragged Edge: The Erosion of Midwestern Literary and Historical Regionalism, 1920-1965 (Iowa and the Midwest Experience) Online Free - During the half-century after the Civil War, intellectuals and politicians assumed the Midwest to be the font and heart of American culture. Despite the persistence of strong currents of midwestern regionalism during the 1920s and 1930s, the region went into eclipse during the post–World War II era. In the apt language of Minnesota’s F. Scott Fitzgerald, the Midwest slid from being the “warm center” of the republic to its “ragged edge.”
This book explains the factors that triggered the demise of the Midwest’s regionalist energies, from anti-midwestern machinations in the literary world and the inability of midwestern writers to break through the cultural politics of the era to the growing dominance of a coastal, urban culture. These developments paved the way for the proliferation of images of the Midwest as flyover country, the Rust Belt, a staid and decaying region. Yet Lauck urges readers to recognize persisting and evolving forms of midwestern identity and to resist the forces that squelch the nation’s interior voices.
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July 25, 2017
As the American Civil War ended, what we now call the Midwest was an influential region for the reuniting nation. Abraham Lincoln had celebrated the “great interior region” in his second address to Congress, calling it “the great body of the republic.” After 1860, six of seven Presidential electi...
July 31, 2017
Thank you, Jon Lauck! This is a manifesto of all there is to celebrate and appreciate about Midwestern writers from the mid-20th century. I look forward to reading Ruth Suckow and Zona Gale and revisiting Sherwood Anderson (Winesberg, Ohio) and Sinclair Lewis (Babbit and Main Street--though I don...