Hoosiers: A New History of Indiana available on November 23 2015 from Amazon for 20.59
ISBN bar code 9780253013088 ξ2 registered November 23 2015
ISBN bar code 9780253013088 ξ1 registered April 24 2015
Product category is Book
Manufacturered by Indiana University Press
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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.
A remarkably readable history. As a 50 year imported Hoosier and IU grad, I've absorbed a lot of local history, mostly by osmosis. But this book, remarkably well organized, gives a complete overview. Madison's inclusion of contributions of African Americans and women fill in chapters long ignored. His dealing with the Ku Klux Klan dominance of the state in the 1920s is illuminating. Excellent use of quotations have led me to read The Hoosier Schoolmaster, and ..
Prof. Madison says that, when it came time to revise his 1986 history of Indiana, The Indiana Way, he found that his new book, Hoosiers, couldn't be just an update but needed to present a major expansion in topics and knowledge. I think he succeeds in seeing Indiana both intimately and within a wide social and even ecological perspective.But the author also seems to want to address something bigger. The thing that's eating him seems to be, in my words, how it is that a socie..