By Jason Weems

To Midwesterners tucked into small cities or farms early within the 20th century, the panorama of the yankee heartland reached the horizon—and then mind's eye needed to supply what lay past. but if aviation took off and scenes of the Midwest have been now not earthbound, the Midwestern panorama used to be remodeled and with it, Jason Weems indicates during this ebook, the very suggestion of the Midwest itself.

Barnstorming the Prairies offers a wide ranging vista of the transformative nature and tool of the aerial imaginative and prescient that remade the Midwest within the wake of the plane. This new viewpoint from above enabled americans to conceptualize the area as anything except remoted and unchanging, and to work out it as a substitute as a dynamic house the place humans labored to harmonize the middle traditions of America’s agrarian personality with the extra summary different types of twentieth-century modernity. within the maps and aerial survey images of the Midwest, in addition to the portray, cinema, animation, and suburban landscapes that arose via flight, Weems additionally unearths a unique and provocative view of modernity within the making. In representations of the Midwest, from supply Wood’s iconic photographs to the Prairie form of Frank Lloyd Wright to the layout of greenbelt suburbs, Weems finds aerial vision’s primary contribution to nearby identity—to Midwesternness as we comprehend it.

Reading relatively throughout those pictures, Weems explores how the cognitive and perceptual practices of aerial imaginative and prescient helped to resymbolize the Midwestern panorama amid the technological swap and social uncertainty of the early 20th century.


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