Hoosiers : A New History of Indiana

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Who are the people called Hoosiers? What are their stories? Two centuries ago, on the Indiana frontier, they were settlers who created a way of life they passed to later generations. They came to value individual freedom and distrusted government, even as they demanded that government remove Indians, sell them land, and bring democracy. Down to the present, Hoosiers have remained wary of government power and have taken care to guard their tax dollars and their personal independence. Yet the people of Indiana have always accommodated change, exchanging log cabins and spinning wheels for railroads, cities, and factories in the 19th century, automobiles, suburbs, and foreign investment in the 20th. The present has brought new issues and challenges, as Indiana's citizens respond to a rapidly changing world. James H. Madison's sparkling new history tells the stories of these Hoosiers, offering an invigorating view of one of America's distinctive states and the long and fascinating journey of its people.show more

Product details

  • Paperback | 424 pages
  • 152 x 229 x 27.94mm | 549g
  • Indiana University Press
  • Bloomington, IN, United States
  • English
  • Reprint
  • 27 color illus., 59 b&w illus., 8 maps
  • 0253023440
  • 9780253023445

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"[A] broad mosaic of Indiana identity... while some pieces might not be pretty, nearly all of them are intriguing in their complexity. And for forebears as with reading, we'll take intriguing over pretty any day." -Indianapolis Monthly "Comprehensive and engagingly written, Hoosiers is the best one-volume history of the state." -Nicole Etcheson, Alexander M. Bracken Professor of History, Ball State University "Hoosiers [is] an engaging, valuable interpretation of one state's history that deserves attention from scholars and the public." -Journal of American Historyshow more

About James H. Madison

James H. Madison is the Thomas and Kathryn Miller Professor of History Emeritus, Indiana University Bloomington. His books include Eli Lilly: A Life, 1885-1977; Slinging Doughnuts for the Boys: An American Woman in World War II (IUP, 2007); The Indiana Way: A State History (IUP, 1986); and A Lynching in the Heartland: Race and Memory in America. Madison serves on the boards of Indiana Humanities and the Indiana Historical Society and is a member of the Indiana Bicentennial Commission. He began teaching Indiana history in 1976 and has lectured and consulted widely on Indiana topics.show more

Table of contents

Introduction: Hoosiers1. Place and People before the Americans2. The American Nation and the West, 1776-18003. From a Territory to a State, 1800-18164. On the Indiana Frontier5. The Evolving Pioneer Economy6. Pioneers and a Better Life7. Pioneer Government and Politics8. The Civil War Comes to Indiana9. New Ways to Make a Living, 1850-192010. A Hoosier Community, 1850-192011. The Indiana Way of Politics, 1873-192012. Flappers and Klansmen Challenge Traditions: The 1920s13. Depression and War Test Hoosiers, 1929-194514. Hoosier Traditions and the Winds of Change15. Government, Politics, and the People16. Some Thoughts on Twenty-First-Century HoosiersFurther ReadingIndexshow more

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