Caught in the Middle America's Heartland in the Age of Globalism

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  • Copyright: 2009-08-04
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury USA
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The Midwest has always been the heart of America - both its economic bellwether and the repository of its national identity. Now, in a new, globalized age, the Midwest faces dire challenges to its economic viability, having suffered greatly before and as a result of the recent market collapse. In Caught in the Middle, veteran journalist Richard C. Longworth explores how globalization has battered the region and how some communities are confronting new realities. From vanished manufacturing jobs to the biofuels revolution, and from the school districts struggling with new immigrants to the Iowa meatpacking town that can't survive without them, Longworth surveys what's right and what's wrong in the heartland, and offers a tough prescription for survival. Book jacket.

Author Biography

Now a fellow at the Chicago Council on Global Affairs, Richard C. Longworth was an award-winning foreign correspondent and senior writer at the Chicago Tribune. His previous book, Global Squeeze, was lauded by Foreign Affairs as “an engrossing study of how advanced societies grapple with the disruptive forces of global markets.” Twice a Pulitzer Prize finalist, Longworth lives in Chicago.

Table of Contents

Prologuep. 1
Caught in the Middlep. 5
The Midwest and the Globep. 16
From Rust to Bustp. 26
Unpluggedp. 43
Mega-Farmersp. 62
From Hometown to Slump. 82
The New Midwesternersp. 101
New Blood for Citiesp. 123
Global Chicago and Other Citiesp. 144
Left Behindp. 168
Flunking Outp. 176
Betting the Farmp. 198
The Blue and the Redp. 221
Global Midwestp. 245
Epiloguep. 265
Postscriptp. 269
Acknowledgmentsp. 276
Notesp. 279
Bibliographyp. 299
Indexp. 303
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