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Barnstorming the Prairies: How Aerial Vision Shaped the Midwest

Jason Weems


The history of the American Midwest is marked by stories of inhabitants’ struggles to envision the unbroken expanses of their home landscape. During the 1920s and 1930s these attempts to visualize the landscape intersected with another narrative—that of the airplane. After World War I, aviation gained purpose as a means of linking together the vastness of American space. It also created a new visual sensibility, opening up new vantage points from which to see the world below. This book offers the first comprehensive examination of modern aerial vision and its impact on twentieth-century Americ ... More

Keywords: American Midwest, Aviation, Spatiality, Aerial vision, Topography, Aerial photography, American studies, Midwest agriculture, Twentieth century modernity

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2015 Print ISBN-13: 9780816677504
Published to Minnesota Scholarship Online: September 2016 DOI:10.5749/minnesota/9780816677504.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Jason Weems, author
University of California, Riverside

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