About the Book by Jon K. Lauck Titled “The Good Country: A History of the American Midwest, 1800-1900”

From a Wall Street Journal review by Kelly Scott Franklin of the book by Jon K. Lauck titled “The Good Country:A History of the American Midwest, 1800-1900″:

In September 1879, Walt Whitman headed for the American Midwest. The 60-year-old poet traveled from Philadelphia to St. Louis, then visited Kansas before moving on to Colorado. The beauty and scale of the heartland stunned him, but he saw more, musing that “no one can begin to know what America is, or what it is destined to be in the near future, without exploring and living a while in Ohio, Indiana, Illinois, Missouri, Kansas, and Colorado.”