Robert Wuthnow


On his book Remaking the Heartland: Middle America since the 1950s

Cover Interview of April 26, 2011

Editor’s note

Originally, this interview ran on the Rorotoko cover page under the headline

“The heart of the American heartland is beating strong.”

We highlighted two quotes.

On the first page:

“Small towns have remained small and many are even smaller than they were a few decades ago.  But few have actually died and all but the smallest have proven amazingly resilient.”

On the second:

“Over the past century and a half government has played an enormously important role in the heartland.  Before the pioneers arrived, the government surveyors, land agents, and cavalry prepared the way.”