Edward McClelland

Edward McClelland is the author of How To Speak Midwestern as well as Young Mr. Obama: Chicago and the Making of a Black President and Nothin’ But Blue Skies: The Heyday, Hard Times, and Hopes of America’s Industrial Heartland. His writing has also appeared in the New York Times, Los Angeles Times, Columbia Journalism Review, Salon, Slate, and the Nation.

Two fans decked out in Chicago Bears regalia prepare to cheer their team in Super Bowl XX in New Orleans in January 1986.

Why City Accents Are Fading in the Midwest

And why tariffs won’t bring back the blue-collar heyday they represent.

The St. Louis Accent: An Explainer

So many dialects intersect in this one Midwestern city.