Kenneth Wheeleris Professor of History at Reinhardt University.
More than an excellent social history of institutions of higher education in the nineteenth-century Midwest, this book is a thoughtful addition to a growing number of studies investigating the questions of regional identity north and west of the Ohio River. --Andrew Cayton, author of "The Midwest and the Nation"The value of this book is that it makes new and interesting arguments about three issues in American history: American pre-eminence in the natural sciences; the origins of Progressivism; and how the culture of the Old Northwest differed from that of the Northeast and the South. --Thomas Hamm, author of "Earlham College: A History, 1847-1997" Wheeler s interrogation of sources and analysis are superb. --Terry A. Barnhart, "Journal of the Illinois State Historical Society" [T]his is a most welcome study . . . .his arguments are pretty convincing. --Marvin Bergman, "History of Education Quarterly" Wheeler deserves credit for performing the arduous task of carefully selecting portions of his dissertation, supplementing them with further research, and reorganizing the whole into a concise, clearly written, and well-developed book. --Richard S. Taylor, "The Annals of Iowa" [H]istorians of higher education and of the American Midwest will appreciate "Cultivating Regionalism" for its fine anecdotes and solid archival basis. . . . a spur for discussion about the dynamism of antebellum higher education. --Scott M. Gelber, "The Journal of American History" Wheeler offers a fascinating glimpse into the self-conscious construction of a regional identity . . . . "Cultivating Regionalism" makes an important contribution to the ongoing study of regionalism in American culture. --Melissa Ladd Teed, "The Michigan Historical Review"" "The value of this book is that it makes new and interesting arguments about three issues in American history: American preeminence in the natural sciences; the origins of progressivism; and how the culture of the Old Northwest differed from that of the Northeast and the South."--Thomas Hamm, Earlham College