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- DescriptionIn Making the Heartland Quilt, Douglas K. Meyer reconstructs the settlement patterns of thirty-three immigrant groups and confirms the emergence of discrete culture regions and regional way stations. Meyer argues that midcontinental Illiis symbolizes a historic test strip of the diverse population origins that unfolded during the Great Migration. Basing his research on the 1850 U.S. manuscript schedules, Meyer dissects the geographical configurations of twenty-three native and ten foreign-born adult male immigrant groups who peopled Illiis. His historical geographical approach leads to the comprehension of a new and clearer map of settlement and migration history in the state. Meyer finds that both cohesive and mixed immigrant settlements were established. Balkan-like immigrant enclaves or islands were interwoven into evolving local, regional, and national settlement networks. The midcontinental location of Illiis, its water and land linkages, and its lengthy rth-south axis enhanced cultural diversity. The barrier effect of Lake Michigan contributed to the convergence and mixing of immigrants. Thus, Meyer demonstrates, Illiis epitomizes midwestern dichotomies: rthern versus southern; native-born versus foreign-born; rural versus urban; and agricultural versus manufacturing.
- Author BiographyDouglas K. Meyer is a professor emeritus of geography at EasternIllinois University. He is a coauthor of both Common Houses inAmerica s Small Towns: The Atlantic Seaboard to the MississippiValley and Pictorial Landscape History of Charleston, Illinois. Since his retirement in July, 2000, he has traveled extensively in the United States, Europe, and Australia/New Zealand. His passion, however, remains his English cottage garden with its azaleas, rhododendrons, hostas, daylilies, oriental lilies, and Japanese maples.
- Author(s)Douglas K. Meyer
- PublisherSouthern Illinois University Press
- Date of Publication31/07/2000
- Place of PublicationCarbondale
- Country of PublicationUnited States
- ImprintSouthern Illinois University Press
- Content Note10tabs.67M.
- Weight644 g
- Width164 mm
- Height235 mm
- Spine28 mm
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