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The Midwest is a general term for the population and cultural center of the United States, in between the Northeast, the South and the West. The Midwest consists roughly of ten states bordering the Ohio and Mississippi Rivers and Lake Michigan. Midwestern states include Illinois, Indiana, Ohio, Iowa, Minnesota, Michigan, Wisconsin, North Dakota, South Dakota, Kansas, Nebraska, and Missouri. As a political unit, the conservative states of Arkansas, Kentucky, and even West Virginia could be included. Many farmers from Germany, Austria, the Netherlands, Belgium, Switzerland and Scandinavia settled in rural areas of the Midwest, thus Germanic influence is strong within several Midwestern states such as Wisconsin.[1]

The Midwest started and continues to lead the conservative movement, featuring a unique mixture of intellectual force and faith. The South tends to rely more on faith and the northeast more on liberal logic.

The Midwest is the birthplace of the skyscraper and many other innovations that subsequently caught on nationwide.[2]

The Iowa caucuses have asserted political preeminence for the Midwest in selecting the presidential nominees for each party, supplanting the historic role by New Hampshire in that important process.

Cultural influence

Many of the greatest writers, painters, architects, and rock stars have come from the Midwest, including F. Scott Fitzgerald, Frank Lloyd Wright, Grant Wood ("American Gothic"), and John Cougar Mellencamp. Innovative American architecture nearly entirely originated as Midwest architecture.

Comedians from the Midwest have been particularly influential and popular, including Bob Hope (grew up in Ohio) and Johnny Carson (Iowa and Nebraska). More recently, comedians Melissa McCarthy and Cecily Strong are both from Illinois.

President Donald Trump's surprise victory in 2016 was due mostly to carrying Midwestern states previously won by Democrats, including Ohio, Wisconsin, and Michigan. Future presidential elections are likely to be won or lost in the Midwest.

Famous actors and actresses from the Midwest include Orson Welles (considered the most brilliant actor/director) Marlon Brando (dubbed the greatest movie actor ever),[3] Clark Gable, Judy Garland,[4] and Florence Henderson (the matriarch Carol on The Brady Bunch).

Companies and Think Tanks

Midwestern manufacturers the Phillips Manufacturing & Tower Company and the packaging firm Sixarp are two companies that filed a lawsuit, with the help of The Buckeye Institute, to challenge the Biden vaccine mandate in November 2021.[5]