Indiana: An Interpretation

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Indiana University Press, Jan 1, 1992 - Biography & Autobiography - 300 pages
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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 wrongheaded 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 America.
  

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Contents

State Fair
3
BEGINNINGS
21
By Flatboat and Wagon
23
Wilderness fears
33
Senator Hannegan Son of the West
43
GROWTH
53
In Civil War
55
Revolt on the Farm
65
William and Powers Hapgood
159
FOUR GENTLEMEN FROM INDIANA
175
The 1920s
177
D C Stephenson Klansman
184
Court Asher Isolationist
201
Ned Gorrell Country Editor
217
Ralph F Gates GrassRoots Governor
235
THE CONDITIONS THAT PREVAIL
251

The Gas Boom
75
THE GOLDEN
87
The Best fears the Best Place
89
James Whitcomb Riley and Company
101
Leaders for the New Age
113
VOICES OF PROTEST
131
Eugene V Debs
133
The 1930s and 1940s
253
Straws in the Hoosier Wind
268
Acknowledgments
285
Bibliography
291
Index FOLLOWS PAGE
300
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JOHN BARTLOW MARTIN (1915Ė1988) 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 books.

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