New Approaches to Midwestern Studies broadens conventional understandings of the nation’s middle region, publishing scholarship that moves the field in new directions. The series explores regionalism and regional problems through interdisciplinary, comparative, transnational, and traditional methodologies, fostering research that considers perceptions of the Midwest as well as the influence of a unique Midwestern culture and history on the nation and the region’s residents.


Paul Finkelman, President William McKinley
Distinguished Professor of Law
Albany Law School
80 New Scotland Ave
Ablany, NY 12208

L. Diane Barnes
Department of History
Youngstown State University
One University Plaza, Youngstown, OH 44555

Peoples of the Inland Sea · Native Americans and Newcomers in the Great Lakes Region, 1600–1870

By David Andrew Nichols

Diverse in their languages and customs, the Native American peoples of the Great Lakes region—the Miamis, Ho-Chunks, Potawatomis, Ojibwas, and many others—shared a tumultuous history. In the colonial era their rich homeland became a target of imperial ambition and an invasion zone for European diseases, technologies, beliefs, and colonists.

Driven toward Madness · The Fugitive Slave Margaret Garner and Tragedy on the Ohio

By Nikki M. Taylor

Margaret Garner was the runaway slave who, when confronted with capture just outside of Cincinnati, slit the throat of her toddler daughter rather than have her face a life in slavery. Her story has inspired Toni Morrison’s Beloved, a film based on the novel starring Oprah Winfrey, and an opera. Yet, her life has defied solid historical treatment.

In Essentials, Unity · An Economic History of the Grange Movement

By Jenny Bourne · Preface by Paul Finkelman

The Patrons of Husbandry—or the Grange—is the longest-lived US agricultural society and, since its founding shortly after the Civil War, has had immeasurable influence on social change as enacted by ordinary Americans. The Grange sought to relieve the struggles of small farmers by encouraging collaboration. Pathbreaking for its inclusion of women, the Grange is also well known for its association with Gilded Age laws aimed at curbing the monopoly power of railroads.