People, Land, and Time: Histories of Midwestern Landscapes

The Midwest is the region we find ourselves in at Cornell College, but not by coincidence.  The college has its foundations in the U.S. push to transform the Midwest into a broad grid of well-educated, land-owning farm families. This course will look at the Midwest region’s many transformations from multiple inland perspectives including those of Native nations and peoples, white settlers from the east, Black migrants from the south, and immigrant men and women from around the world.  Histories of Midwestern landscapes are an important part of understanding both life here in Mt. Vernon, Iowa and the history of the United States as a whole.  People, land, and time are factors that are important not just in past societies, but for the present and future as well.