The Indiana Way: A State History

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The Indiana Way traces the history of the Hoosier state from prehistoric times through the late twentieth century. The author argues that there had always been a distinctive Indiana way that rejects radical and extreme notions and movements and prefers the comfort and security that comes from a respect for the achievements of the generations that preceded.
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Editorial Reviews

The Old Northwest
"This is a splendid example of how to write well balanced, highly readable state history." —The Old Northwest
Journal of American History
"Neither too detailed and provincial, nor too broad and comparative, The Indiana Way adopts an integrated analytical approach, but also includes some narrative and biography." —Journal of American History
"Madison has succeeded as have few other authors of state histories in blending modern scholarly concerns with the traditional narrative historiography of his state. This book is in many ways a model state history." —Choice
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"This is a splendid example of how to write well balanced, highlyreadable state history." — The Old Northwest
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780253206091
  • Publisher: Indiana University Press
  • Publication date: 8/28/1990
  • Series: Indiana University Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 384
  • Sales rank: 1,466,540
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Table of Contents


PART I Before There Was a State

i Peoples and Empires before the Americans

Prehistory and Prehistoric Peoples
The Land
Contests for Empire
The British Empire in the West, 1763-1776

ii The American Nation and the West, 1776-1800

The American Revolution in the West, 1776-1783
The New Nation and the Northwest Territory, 1783-1800

iii Indiana Territory and Statehood, 1800-1816

Treaties and Conflicts with Indians
Government and Politics in Indiana Territory, 1800-1810
Statehood and the Constitution of 1816

PART II Pioneer Indiana, 1816-1850

iv On the Indiana Frontier
Migration and Settlement Patterns
Land and the Frontier Family Home
Food, Clothing, and Health

v The Evolving Pioneer Economy

Rivers and Roads
Canals and the System of 1836
Merchants, Bankers, and Manufacturers
Town Building

vi Pioneer Community Life

The Protestant Frontier
Morality, Scoial Order, and Reform
Pioneer Education
The New Harmony Communities

vii Pioneer Government and Politics

Land Acquisiton and Indian Removal
Government and the General Welfare
Pioneer Politics
The Constitutional Convention of 1850-1851
The Pioneer Legacy

PART III Indiana in Transition, 1850-1920

viii Making a Living, 1850-1920

Life on the Farm
The Railroad Age
Industrialization and the Rise of Big Business
Labor and the Worker’s World

ix Hoosiers Together, 1850-1920

Black Hoosiers
Ethnic Hoosiers
Urban and Small-Town Hoosiers
Educating Hoosier
Religious Hoosiers
Culture and Leisure

x The Politics of the Civil War Era, 1850-1873

The Politics of the 1850s
A Civil War at Home
Reconstruction, 1865-1873

xi The Indiana Way of Politics, 1873-1920

Politics, Indiana Style, 1873-1896
The Politics of Moderate Reform, 1890-1916
A Golden Age?

PART IV Continuity and Change since 1920

xii The People since 1920

Many Kinds of Hoosiers
Black Hoosiers and the Civil Rights "Revolution"
The Continuing Challenges of Public School Reform
Basketball and Other Forms of Leisure and Culture

xiii The Economy since 1920

Agriculture and Farm Life
The Automobile Age
The Industrial Economy
Government, Labor, and the Economy

xiv The Politics of a State

The Klan and the Politics of Mediocrity: The 1920s
Liberalism, Ambition, and the New Deal: The 1930s
Party Politics since 1940
State Government since 1940

xv Hoosiers Past and Present

A Guide to Further Reading

Indiana University Press

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