Perspectives on Inequalities in the Midwest: A Roundtable

Solicited by the Midwestern History Association

Thursday, April 2, 2020, 12:45 PM - 2:15 PM

Type: Roundtable Discussion

Tags: Immigration and Internal Migration; Midwest; Theory and Methodology


This panel will consider recent scholarship focused on how people developed a sense of midwestern regional consciousness. Panelists will discuss how race, class, religion, gender, and ethnicity shaped this region, considering how these categories are present and absent, remembered or erased. In addition, the panelists will take seriously how the idea of the Midwest connects with or is complicated by indigenous histories or histories from other marginalized communities. It will also consider how the Midwest intersects with other U.S. regional identities

Session Participants

Chair and Panelist: Sara Egge, Centre College
Sara Egge is an associate professor of history at Centre College. Egge serves as the vice president/president-elect of the Midwestern History Association. She has published extensively on midwestern history, and her book, Woman Suffrage and Citizenship in the Midwest, 1870-1920 seeks to interrogate the formation of a midwestern political culture. She approaches regional history by examining the intersection of gender, ethnicity, religion, and culture. She will serve as the panel’s moderator.

Panelist: Edward O. Frantz, University of Indianapolis
Edward Frantz is a professor of history at the University of Indianapolis. Frantz serves as the president of the Midwestern History Association. A political historian by training, Frantz has spent the last seven years directing the Institute for Civic Leadership & Mayoral Archives, which houses the papers of notable Indianapolis mayors Richard Lugar and William Hudnut. Frantz’s comments will be informed by that experience, as well as his experience of entering the profession at a time when Midwestern history struggled to find reception within the larger profession.

Panelist: Felicia Moralez, U.S. History
Felicia Moralez received her PhD in United States history from the University of Notre Dame. Her research examines how twentieth-century Mexican immigrants to the industrial Midwest forged their own path to integration. Dr. Moralez has two forthcoming articles with the U.S. Catholic Historian and the Indiana Magazine of History.

Panelist: Thomas McLane Richardson, National Archives and Records Administration
Thomas Richardson is an Archives Technician with the National Personnel Records Center, a division of the National Archives and Record Administration in St. Louis, Missouri. Richardson assists on multiple special projects such as the History Hub, an online forum that encourages historical research between NARA and the general public, and writing articles for the World War I Centennial Commission. His primary research focuses on the history and cultural heritage of Scottish immigrants and modern Scottish-Americans in the Midwest since the 18th century. He approaches this topic through practicing oral history, examining public history trends within communities, and partnering with local and regional cultural institutions.