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The Heartland Free read ´ 104 ☆ ❮Ebook❯ ➨ The Heartland Author Kristin L. Hoganson – 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 Illinoi A history of a uiYth 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. 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 the country why not New York City Why not New England Why not the coasts But the collective choice was made to locate the heart of the country in what we think of now as the Midwest which was once just the West From there a myth was constructed about isolation and fundamental goodness A valuable part of this book is the examination of local history in chapter 1 were she demonstrates that these books gathering dust in our libraries went about setting up European settlers as the true occupants of the land while Native Americans were dismissed as being ramblers who were never truly settled the land White European settlers thus produced the uality of the local in ways that people passing through and over the land could not My second selection for a lengthy essay would be a shorter version of the surprising central chapters on cattle hogs and agriculture Those who founded the cities and towns of the Midwest in the 19th century perceived themselves as part of a global network of food production They were interested in cattle from Britain and hogs from China and wheat and vegetables from pretty much everywhere They understood their region not as some fenced in place that had to make do with whatever they had or a place where they had to go it alone but as a region that could be fundamentally transformed by rational progress Looking in old newspapers from Illinois Hoganson finds plenty of evidence in advertisements or short news items that people in the Midwest imagined themselves as connected to the globe In fact they understood well that their prosperity depended on certain government trade policies and were thus engaged with foreign policy uestionsIn her conclusion Hoganson makes use of an image that I particularly liked It would take an entire atlas of maps layered on top of one another transparency style to convey the far flung relationships that formed the heartland Though she mentions transparencies we know that we are in the realm of Google Earth here with its map overlays She helps us to imagine the layers and connections that technology and the Internet has helped us to imagine readily The myth of the local continues to overwrite the connections of the Heartland with the rest of the world As I've walked through county fairs in Wisconsin and looked at the cattle and pigs I don't recall seeing signs explaining the foreign origin of these animals or the export of them to foreign places There's rather a sense that hearty young men and women have raised these American creatures and as good Americans we make use of these creatures Global connections are not self evident and it's far easier to imagine self sufficiency We should make a collective effort to draw out the global Even at county fairs we should follow Hoganson's lead and trace breeds back to the Netherlands or wherever they came from We should point to the countries where all that soy and corn will wind up Collectively we have allowed this myth of the Heartland to go unchecked and we are paying the price now in every way

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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. 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 is and yet it all comes together suggesting that the heartland is a myth I am reminded of the adage the good old days were never really that good The heartland is in no way an isolated flyover static place but as global as anyplace perhaps even

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The HeartlandA 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. I found this intriguing thought provoking and wide ranging exploration of what is actually meant by the term The American Heartland most interesting It seems to have divided reviewers between those who love it and those who hate it and many criticisms have been made about some of the author's contentions However whatever the rights and wrongs of her interpretations of history it’s a great read Her main thesis is that contrary to popular opinion the heartland has never been insular and isolationist but has always looked outward and has always been eager to make global connections In fact the very existence of the heartland depended right from the start on international trade and commerce The book focuses on Champaign County Illinois which for the author is emblematic of the heartland and where she is a Professor of History at the University of Illinois I can’t comment on the accuracy or otherwise of her claims but I found the book enlightening and it gave me a whole new perspective on the meaning of that perhaps overused term “heartland”