Keep = American Midwest and American Studies

American Midwest series and American Studies

The American Midwest series included titles that illuminate the experiences of people and places in the American Midwest within inter- and intra-regional, national, and international contexts. Topics include westward movement, gender, immigration and ethnicity, political movements, social and cultural history, and industrialization. The series was published by Truman State University Press between 2014 and 2018, under the editorship of Dr. Jon Taylor, Professor of History at Central Missouri State University and author of A President, A Church, and Trails West: Competing Histories in Independence, Missouri (University of Missouri Press, 2008) and Truman’s Grandview Farm (History Press, 2011).

Prior to 2014, Truman State University Press published books in American studies on topics including folklore, railroads and the environment, President Harry Truman, and history of osteopathy. Also within American history, TSUP published the Truman Legacy Series, in which political leaders and scholars examined Harry S. Truman’s views and actions on key topics during his presidency. Many of TSUP’s books on American history and the American Midwest are suitable for both scholarly audiences and the reading public.


American Midwest and American Studies titles are in alphabetical order below.

Allies of the Earth: Railroads and the Soul of Preservation

Alfred Runte

ISBN: 9781931112529(HB)

Published January 2006


Bending Cross: A Biography of Eugene Victor Debs

Ray Ginger

ISBN: 9780943549217 (HB)
Published September 1992


Conflict in the Ozarks: Hill Folk, Industrialists, and Government in Missouri’s Courtois Hills

David Benac

ISBN: 9781935503125 (PB)
ISBN: 9781612480077 (EB)
Published November 2010

Dear Harry, Love Bess: Bess Truman’s Letters to Harry Truman, 1919–1943

Clifton Truman Daniel

ISBN: 9781935503262 (HB)
ISBN: 9781935503255 (PB)
ISBN: 9781612480091 (EB)
Published April 2011

Deaths on Pleasant Street: The Ghastly Enigma of Colonel Swope and Dr. Hyde

Giles Fowler

ISBN: 9781931112918 (PB)
ISBN: 9781935503200 (EB)
Published September 2009

Dibbuk Box

Jason Haxton

ISBN: 9781612480121(PB)

Published November 2011


Emigrants on the Overland Trail: The Wagon Trains of 1848

Michael E. LaSalle

ISBN: 9781935503958 (PB)
ISBN: 9781612480213 (EB)
Published September 2011

Encounters with Lincoln: Images and Words

Thomas J. Trimborn

ISBN: 9781931112512(PB)

Published October 2005


Feminist Frontiers: Women Who Shaped the Midwest

Yvonne J. Johnson, ed.

ISBN: 9781935503026(PB)
Published February 2010


Frank Lloyd Wright’s Taliesin Fellowship

A. Myron Marty, Shirley Marty

ISBN: 9780943549743
ISBN: 9780943549736
Published August 1998

Harry S. Truman. the State of Israel. and the Quest for Peace in the Middle East

Michael J. Devine, ed.

ISBN: 9781935503262 (HB)

Published August 2009



Haunted Missouri: A Ghostly Guide to the Show-Me State’s Most Spirited Spots

Jason Offutt

ISBN: 9781931112666 (PB)
ISBN: 9781935503217 (EB)
Published May 2007

In Missouri’s Wilds: St. Mary’s of the Barrens and the American Catholic Church, 1818 to 2016

Richard J. Janet

ISBN: 9781612481982 (PB)
ISBN: 9781612481999 (EB)
Published December 2017

Merchants of Independence: International Trade on the Santa Fe Trail, 1827–1860

William Patrick O’Brien

ISBN: 9781612480909 (PB)
ISBN: 9781612480916 (EB)
Published February 2014

Merit, Not Sympathy, Wins: The Life and Times of Blind Boone

Mary Collins Barile & Christine Montgomery, eds.

ISBN: 9781612480657 (PB)
ISBN: 9781612480664 (EB)
Published June 2012

Missouri Armories: The Guard’s Home in Architecture and History

Robert P. Wiegers

ISBN: 9781612480640 (PB)
ISBN: 9781612480633 (EB)
Published March 2013

Noodlers in Missouri: Fishing for Identity in a Rural Subculture

Mary Grigsby

ISBN: 9781612480619(PB)
Published January 2012


Populist Cartoons: An Illustrated History of the Third-Party Movement of the 1890s

Worth Robert Miller

ISBN: 9781935503057 (PB)
ISBN: 9781612480107 (EB)
Published February 2011

Prospects of Greatness: The Rise of Midwestern Cities during the Gilded Age

Lawrence H. Larsen & Barbara J. Cottrell

ISBN: 9781612481814 (PB)
ISBN: 9781612481821 (EB)
Published June 2017

Show Me Missouri Women: Selected Biographies, Vol 1

Mary K. Dains

ISBN: 0943549051 (HB)
Published 1989

Show Me Missouri Women: Selected Biographies, Vol 2

Mary K. Dains

ISBN: 0943549221 (HB)
Published 1993


Theological and Aesthetic Roots in the Stone-Campbell Movement

Dale A. Jorgenson

ISBN: 0943549043
Published 1989

Troubled State: Civil War Journals of Franklin Archibald Dick

Gari Carter

ISBN: 9781931112471(HB)
Published January 2008


Truman in Cartoon and Caricature

James Giglio


Published December 2001


Victorian America: A Family Record from the Heartland

Margaret Baker Graham

ISBN: 9781931112215(PB)
Published March 2003


Voices of the Heart: Asian American Women on Immigration, Work, and Family

Huping Ling

ISBN: 9781931112680 (PB)
ISBN: 9781935503897 (EB)
Published October 2007

What Lurks Beyond: The Paranormal in Your Backyard

Jason Offutt

ISBN: 9781935503033 (PB)
ISBN: 9781935503248 (EB)
Published April 2010

Watkin’s Mill: The Factory on the Farm

Louis W. Potts and Ann Sligar

ISBN: 978193112222 (PB)
Published June 2006


When the Railroad Leaves Town: American Communities in the Age of Rail Line Abandonment, Vol. 1

Joseph P. Schwieterman

ISBN: 9780943549972 (HB)
ISBN: 978094354989 (PB)
Published January 2001

When the Railroad Leaves Town: American Communities in the Age of Rail Line Abandonment, Vol. 2

Joseph P. Schwieterman

ISBN: 9781931112130 (HB)
ISBN: 9781931112147 (PB)
Published September 2004