I was back in Chicago a few weeks ago and gave a presentation on Frontier to Heartland to the folks at my old home base. It was a modified “When did the Midwest Become the Heartland” theme, with an added introduction to the website. Good conversation afterward about the use of the term “heartland,” its political valances and precursors, and the challenge of describing the region as a region.
Here are a few charts from the talk on which states were most “heartlandy” based on New York Times articles. “Heartland” and “Iowa” became a much more common combination during the 1980s than it had been in the 1960s. Not surprisingly, articles in the Chicago Tribune more often linked Illinois and “heartland.”
Here are the slides Newberry Colloquium 11/17/2010.