Campaign Crossroads: Presidential Politics in Indiana from Lincoln to Obama
Campaign Crossroads looks back over the varied, sometimes important, sometimes irrelevant, but always interesting presidential campaign cycles in Indiana’s history. By taking in the influences of technology, transportation and communication itself, we see an evolution in the political process that is not only altogether Hoosier, but also altogether American in its quality and importance.Using a narrative approach with a mix of primary and secondary sources, the work examines not only the rhetoric of presidents and presidential hopefuls, but also the nature of campaigns and their impact on Indiana communities. While Indiana enjoyed the position of being a battleground state for the better part of a century from the 1870s until the 1960s, it has also been ignored, dismissed, and has on occasion created unexpected political drama.
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Chapter 3 The Gilded Age 188099
Chapter 4 The Industrial Revolution 190011
Chapter 5 World War I and the Great Depression 191231
Chapter 6 The New Deal Era and World War II 193245
Chapter 7 The Postwar Era 194659