Tuesday September 22, 2020

Into the great wide open

America's Midwest is often overlooked as flyover country', but there's so more to the US heartland than prairies and blue-collar workers, writes Isobel Conway.

21st September, 2014
Indianapolis is the home of Indy 500 racing.

The Midwest is the birthplace of the American industrial revolution, the home of the airplane, the automobile, the transistor radio and the refrigerator. But it’s also frontier territory, where the Great Lakes and forests spill northwards into Canada.

Itching to experience the complex juxtaposition of this, the “nation’s heartland”, we exit Chicago and take the freeway south. Increasingly ramshackle clapboard homes and grim warehouses flank a string of rail lines which cede to...

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