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Historians Look Back At The Midwest, America's 'Forgotten' Region

(Pete Zarria/Flickr)
(Pete Zarria/Flickr)

The Midwest has come to be synonymous with certain aspects of America’s cultural history. From waves of grain to hoedowns to Grant Wood’s classic pitchfork-toting couple in “American Gothic.”

A group of historians meeting this week in Grand Rapids, Mich., say that is only a part of the story. Compared to the intellectual Northeast, literary South and innovative West Coast, they say the Midwest is too often ignored – its rich landscape and cultural diversity left out of elementary school classrooms, while the Gold Rush and Liberty Bell get the spotlight.

Historians Jon Lauck and Pamela Riney-Kehrberg speak with Here & Now’s Jeremy Hobson about the Midwest and what lessons its history has for the rest of the U.S.


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