Edward Watts is an associate professor of American thought and language at Michigan State University. He is the co-editor of The First West: Writing from the American Frontier, 1776-1860 and author of Writing and Postcolonialism in the Early Republic.
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The Old Northwest—the region now known as the Midwest—has been largely overlooked in American cultural history, represented as a place smoothly assimilated into the expanding, manifestly-destined nation. An American Colony: Regionalism and the Roots of Midwestern Culture studies the primary texts and principal conflicts of the settlement of the Old Northwest to reveal that its entry into the nation's culture was not without problems.
“Edward Watts has written a noteworthy book that deserves the attention of several audiences…An American Colony is a pleasure to read. It stimulates thought and alters perspectives. Other historians, including graduate students, will discover new fields to till.”
Michael Batinski, Journal of the Illinois State Historical Society