Episode 130: ‘Heartland,’ ‘Middle America,’ and US Media’s Vaguely Nostalgic, Racialized Code for White Grievance

Citations Needed | February 3, 2021 | Transcript

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Presidential candidate Ronald Reagan delivers his acceptance speech at the Republican National Convention at Joe Louis Arena, Detroit, Michigan on July 17, 1980.
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Sir Halford Mackinder

“Who rules East Europe commands the Heartland;

who rules the Heartland commands the World-Island;

who rules the World-Island commands the world.”

This would later be known as the Heartland Theory, the academic underpinning to imperial and colonial geostrategy. In effect, the scholarly mirror of the board game Risk.

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Amy Klobuchar on stage at the Heartland Forum in Storm Lake, Iowa on March 31, 2019. (Credit: Lorie Shaull, Wikimedia Commons)
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Professor Kristin Hoganson
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“Hoosier Lady and two of her pigs.” (The American Swine and Poultry Journal, Aug. 1875.)
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