A Place Called Home: Writings on the Midwestern Small Town

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780873514514
  • Publisher: Minnesota Historical Society Press
  • Publication date: 2/7/2003
  • Edition description: 1
  • Pages: 445
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 1.30 (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction: Small Towns, Of Thee We Sing 3
Pt. I The Formative Years, 1790-1900 13
"The Economic Base" from The Urban Frontier 18
"It Answers Well for a Village" from Sugar Creek 24
Selections from The Autobiography of Mark Twain 34
"A Private Lesson from a Bulldog" from The Hoosier School-Master 40
"Railroad Towns" from Plains Country Towns 47
"A 'Good Fellow's' Wife" from Main-Travelled Roads 55
Pt. II Main Street Ascendant, 1890-1930 83
"Belonging to the Community" from Main Street on the Middle Border 86
"The Hired Girls" from My Antonia 116
Selections from The Poetry of Vachel Lindsay 124
"The Budding of Art" from The Age of Indiscretion 131
"Storm" from Not Without Laughter 145
Excerpt from Main Street 153
Selections from Spoon River Anthology 166
Excerpt from Poor White 171
"The Resurrection" from Midland Magazine 180
Excerpt from A Peculiar Treasure 185
"Inventions Re-making Leisure" from Middletown 199
Pt. III Depression, War, and Resurgence, 1930-60 213
"Growth Up in Clear Lake," personal reminiscence 217
"Compromise and Its Limits" from Main Street in Crisis 232
Poems from various collections 248
"The Last Picture Show" from Main Street Blues 260
"Nothing Happened" from Blooming 286
Pt. IV Crisis on Main Street, 1960-90 301
Selections from Alliance, Illinois 307
"Quietly Thinking Over Things at Christmas" from Letters from the Country 323
Selections from poems from the sangamon 330
"If the Home Team Doesn't Win" from The Decline of Rural Minnesota 340
"Sumus Quod Sumus" from Lake Wobegon Days 349
"Hardball" from Grass Fires 359
"Two-Speed" from Light in the Crossing 364
Pt. V From Farm Crisis to the Present 375
"Decline and Denial" from Broken Heartland 379
"On the Cutting Edge: Changes in Midwestern Meatpacking Communities" 390
"Village Character: The Pioneer Store" from Winter Book 401
"A Broken Heartland" from U.S. News and World Report 406
"Business First and Always" from Rethinking Home 412
Suggestions for Further Reading 429
Credits 433
About the Editors 437
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