Indiana : An Interpretation

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A lot of things started in Indiana the automotive industry for one and Indiana has produced a great many ideas, many wrong headed and some downright wicked. Viewed one way, this book is a study of Indiana ideas, for threads run through it the guest for the better life, bigotry, provincial protest. Viewed another, it is a study of an idea itself, the Hoosier, or Indiana, idea. By the Indiana idea I mean the idea of Indiana and the Hoosiers that is held by people elsewhere. It is a conception of Indiana as a pleasant, rather rural place inhabited by people who are confident, prosperous, neighborly, easygoing, tolerant, shrewd. John Bartlow Martin, from the Preface "Indiana: An Interpretation" is arguably the best single book ever written about Indiana. First published in 1947, it has long been out of print. Although its view is that of the late forties, it is still as relevant and as accurate today as it was when first issued. Divided into seven sections, it begins with the State Fair as a window on the state as a whole, and then covers the pre-Civil War background, the Civil War and its impact on the state, the golden age of the 1880s to 1900s, Eugene V. Debs and the Hapgoods, the role of four influential and representative citizens, and the period during and just after World War II. An important book for anyone interested in Indiana or in the larger project of defining the heartland of more

Product details

  • Paperback | 336 pages
  • 139.2 x 209.6 x 24.6mm | 462.81g
  • Indiana University Press
  • Bloomington, IN, United States
  • English
  • Reprint
  • 1, black & white illustrations
  • 0253207541
  • 9780253207548

About John Bartlow Martin

JOHN BARTLOW MARTIN (1915-1988) was a journalist and free-lance writer who grew up in Indianapolis and was graduated from DePauw University. He worked for the Associated Press, was a reporter for the Indianapolis Times, and was the author of numerous articles, stories, and more

Table of contents

Introduction by James H. Madison Preface Part One: Crossroads, U.S.A. Chapter 1 State Fair Part Two: Beginnings Chapter 2 By Flatboat and Wagon Chapter 3 Wilderness Years Chapter 4 Senator Hannegan, Son of the West Part Three: Growth Chapter 5 In Civil War Chapter 6 Revolt on the Farm Chapter 7 The Gas Boom Part Four: The Golden Age Chapter 8 The Best Years, the Best Place Chapter 9 James Whitcomb Riley and Company Chapter 10 Leaders for the New Age Part Five: Voices of Protest Chapter 11 Eugene V. Debs Chapter 12 William and Powers Hapgood Part Six: Four Gentlemen from Indiana Chapter 13 Prologue: The 1920s Chapter 14 D. C. Stephenson, Klansman Chapter 15 Court Asher, Isolationist Chapter 16 Ned Gorrell, Country Editor Chapter 17 Ralph F. Gates, Grass-Roots Governor Part Seven: The Conditions that Prevail Chapter 18 Troubled Years: The 1930s and 1940s\ Chapter 19 Straws in the Hoosier Wind Acknowledgments Bibliography Indexshow more

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