Exploring the Middle Border

Exploring the Middle Border

Based on the world-renowned collections of the Newberry Library in Chicago, Exploring the Middle Border is an online resource that invites readers to explore the history of mid-continent North America from the seventeenth century to the twentieth century. With a target audience of high school and early college students and their teachers, it offers access to historical primary sources, interpretive essays, and resources. It highlights the globally-connected nature of mid-continent North America by placing the history of the “Midwest” in the context of world history themes such as colonialism, migration, industrialization, and nation-state formation. The project stimulates readers’ interest in history and models ways of interpreting history through primary sources.