Meat in the Middle: Converging Borderlands in the U.S. Midwest, 1865–1900

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A historical case study of beef production near Illinois between 1865 and 1900 is presented. Particular focus is given to the social, economic, and cultural aspects of the area as a borderlands region of the U.S. Midwest and the function played by the beef industry in forming a commodity chain between the northern and southern U.S. Other topics include Illinois' frontier history, a chronology of the beef industry in the Midwest, and an examination of the economic impact of farming on the region.
Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1025-1051
Number of pages27
JournalJournal of American History
Issue number4
StatePublished - 2012


  • BEEF industry -- United States
  • ILLINOIS state history, 1865-
  • BORDERLANDS -- United States
  • MIDWEST (U.S.) -- Commerce
  • FRONTIER & pioneer life -- Midwest (U.S.)
  • MIDWEST (U.S.)


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