— not the wheat or the prairies or the lost Swede towns, but

from F. Scott Fitzgerald – The Great Gatsby (Chapter IX) on Rap Genius

Meaning

The “wheat,” “prairies,” and “lost Swede towns” of the Midwest Unites States symbolize a certain wholesome image of an area of the country associated with core, virtuous American values.

While the West Coast and East Coast, with East and West Egg, were much more progressive during the 1920s by pushing boundaries and being centres of industrialisation, the Midwestern parts of the United States remained wholesome and less affected by immigration and social changes.

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