Midwest History2020-08-27T14:18:40-04:00

History

12:00 am12:00 am

May Day is a Rust Belt Holiday

By |April 29, 2024|Essays|

May Day isn’t just an estimably American holiday, it’s a particularly Rust Belt holiday, forged in the cauldron of Chicago’s streets and factories, born from the experience of workers in the mills and plants of Detroit, Pittsburgh, and Cleveland.

6:15 am6:15 am

St. Louis Brick by Brick

By |August 30, 2023|Features|

To understand the history of St. Louis’s bricks is to unearth systems of power, economy, dispossession, decline, and manifest destiny; the storybook decorative brickwork we see today becomes a tale as complex—and as sinister—as American history itself.

6:15 am6:15 am

Hatchet-Throwing in Forgotten Places

By |August 7, 2023|Essays|

I get sentimental about places, especially forgotten ones like Monarch Park. They’re a bit of a bummer, a bit sobering, a bit sad. But I think it’s a good kind of sadness.

6:15 am6:15 am

How to Become an American

By |July 24, 2023|Uncategorized|

Excerpted from How to Become an American: A History of Immigration, Assimilation, and Loneliness, by Daniel Wolff, published December 2022 by University of South Carolina Press.

6:15 am6:15 am

Organization and Immunity

By |July 17, 2023|Uncategorized|

Hundreds of angry miners crowded around the machine, several attacking it with hammers and axes. Finally, fifteen sticks of dynamite were placed under the motor, and a firing wire and exploders attached. A few minutes later there was a terrific blast and the shovel was reduced to a tangled mass of wreckage.

6:15 am6:15 am

Rediscovering the Lost Midwest

By |July 5, 2023|Excerpt|

Once the cobwebs are cleared off old journals, long-forgotten records consulted, and the veil of stereotypes pierced, a remarkable world is discovered.

Load More Posts
Load More Posts

Rust Belt history

The Dispatch

Get the latest stories from around the region sent straight to your inbox.

The Dispatch

Get the latest stories from around the region sent straight to your inbox.

Support independent, context-driven regional writing.