一、What are the characteristics of “Middle America”, geographically, culturally, andpolitically?美国中部的地理、文化、政治特点？
Geographically, the Middle America refers to the territory between the EastCoast of the United States(particularly the northeast) and the West Coast. It hasyielded some of America’s greatestagricultural and mineral wealth,is the heart ofAmerica.
Culturally, America is contrasted with the more culturally progressive urban areas of the country, particularly, those of the East and West Coasts. The conservativevalues considered typical of Middle America (often called “family values” inAmerican politics) are often called “Middle American values”.The idea of Middle America may exclude locations such as Chicago (the third largest city in the United Statesand one of the world’s ten alpha cities) and very wealthy cities like Aspen, Colorado. The coastal regions of the southern United States are implicitly included.
Politically, The phrase Middle American values is a political cliché; like familyvalues, it refers to more traditional or conservative politics, although larger cities suchas St. Louis, Missouri and Minneapolis, Minnesota, and major university towns suchas Madison, Wisconsin, Columbia, Missouri and Lawrence, Kansas provideexceptions. Many of the political battleground states are situated in “MiddleAmerica”.