The Minds of the West: Ethnocultural Evolution in the Rural Middle West, 1830-1917 (Hardback)Jon Gjerde (author)
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Jon Gjerde examines the cultural patterns, or ""minds,"" that those settling the Middle West carried with them. He argues that such cultural transplantation could occur because patterns of migration tended to reunite people of similar pasts and because the rural Midwest was a vast region where cultural groups could sequester themselves in tight-knit settlements built around familial and community institutions.
Gjerde compares patterns of development and acculturation across immigrant groups, exploring the frictions and fissures experienced within and between communities. Finally, he examines the means by which individual ethnic groups built themselves a representative voice, joining the political and social debate on both a regional and national level.
|A social history of the Middle West, as it evolved from a patchwork of isolated immigrant cultures into a region of coalesced ethnic groups within a pluralist American society. (Please see cloth edition, published 3/97.)
Publisher: The University of North Carolina Press
Number of pages: 442
Weight: 857 g
Dimensions: 235 x 156 x 36 mm
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