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Electoral significance has always distinguished the small northern state sandwiched between Lake Erie and the Ohio River. Only twice since the beginning of the twentieth century has Ohio failed to pick the candidate who ultimately won the presidential election. But presidential elections are only part of the Ohio story. That’s because the state has always been an innovator, an incubator, and a bellwether for the American experience. In a unique look at Ohio, David E. Rohr chronicles key stories that come from the Buckeye State and the remarkable effect Ohio’s development has had on the larger country.
The United States of Ohio covers little-known facts about Ohio, such as how the state was the birthplace of both the National Football League and Major League Baseball and how it was Ohioans who led efforts toward racial integration in both sports. Readers will learn what makes the state a manufacturing and agricultural powerhouse—with both the largest tire company, Akron’s Goodyear, and the largest consumer products company, Cincinnati’s Procter & Gamble, based there. The state grows, processes, and builds on a level that far outpaces the size of its population or expanse of its borders. And it is the birthplace of many prominent US figures—from Thomas Edison to John Glenn to Neil Armstrong. From sports to a century’s worth of entertainment superstars to aviation and space exploration, Ohio’s best have made for America’s greatest stories—all captured here in a look at the Buckeye State and its impact on the other forty-nine.
Born and raised in Ohio, David E. Rohr spent his working career in the state until the age of twenty-nine. Even though he’s been a resident of other states since then, David remains a frequent Buckeye State visitor and an enthusiastic fan of Ohio sports teams.
List of Illustrations
Chapter 1 Sister Theory
Chapter 2 America Writ Small
Chapter 3 Crossroads, Thrill Rides, and Lunch
Chapter 4 Moondogs and Rock Halls
Chapter 5 Harriet and the Generals
Chapter 6 Porkopolis
Chapter 7 The Soap That Floats
Chapter 8 Ruthless
Chapter 9 Mother of Invention
Chapter 10 Henry Ford’s Front Lawn
Chapter 11 Up from the Bicycle Shop
Chapter 12 From Dayton to the Moon
Chapter 13 The Internal Melting Pot
Chapter 14 Where Sports First Met Money
Chapter 15 More Than a Game
Chapter 16 Being Cleveland
Chapter 17 Killing Marilyn and Sam
Chapter 18 Ending the ’60s
Chapter 19 The Electoral Collage
Chapter 20 Eight Average Presidents
Chapter 21 Yard Signs in the Heartland
BibliographyAbout the Author
Ohio: The History of a People
ANDREW R. L. CAYTON
The Ohio State University in the Sixties The Unraveling of the Old Order
WILLIAM J. SHKURTI
Feminism in the Heartland