Cover for PECKHAM: Indiana: A History. Click for larger image

Indiana

A History

A comprehensive history of Indiana

For much of Indiana's history, its distinctiveness has lain in its typicality. It has embodied–-and continues to embody-–values and behavior that are specifically American. In the late eighteenth century Indiana was the heart of the Old Northwest, a vast area conceived as a preserve where independent farmers and their families could live free from the shadow of slavery.

During the Civil War, the state found itself divided, with Indianans' allegiances split between Southern partisans and zealous Yankees. Throughout this period, the workshops and farms of Indiana continued to provide the growing nation with food and other necessities. Countless small towns prospered; Indianapolis grew, and Gary, on the southern shore of Lake Michigan, became synonymous with steel production, symbolizing the industrial might of America. Readers all over the country embraced the writings of Indianans such as James Whitcomb Riley and Booth Tarkington, while Indiana's painters disseminated iconic and idyllic images of America.

This comprehensive history traces the history of the Hoosier state, revealing its most significant contributions to the nation as a whole, while also exploring the unique character of its land and people. Howard H. Peckham relates recent changes in Indiana as a variety of ethnic and racial groups have come seeking a share in the good life, enriching and redefining this ever-changing state for the new millennium.

Howard H. Peckham was a historian, author, and for nine years director of the Indiana Historical Bureau and secretary of the Indiana Historical Society. He is a coauthor of A Brief History of Indiana. His books include The War for Independence and The Colonial Wars, 1689-1762.

To order online:
http://www.press.uillinois.edu/books/catalog/78sna6qs9780252071461.html

To order by phone:
(800) 621-2736 (USA/Canada)
(773) 702-7000 (International)

Related Titles

previous book next book
Fostering on the Farm

Child Placement in the Rural Midwest

Megan Birk

African Americans in U.S. Foreign Policy

From the Era of Frederick Douglass to the Age of Obama

Edited by Linda Heywood, Allison Blakely, Charles Stith, and Joshua C. Yesnowitz

Becoming Beautiful

Ballroom Dance in the American Heartland

Joanna Bosse

St. Louis Rising

The French Regime of Louis St. Ange de Bellerive

Carl J. Ekberg and Sharon K. Person

Midwest Maize

How Corn Shaped the U.S. Heartland

Cynthia Clampitt

Sounds of the New Deal

The Federal Music Project in the West

Peter Gough

Civil Rights in the Texas Borderlands

Dr. Lawrence A. Nixon and Black Activism

Will Guzmán

Before the Ivy

The Cubs' Golden Age in Pre-Wrigley Chicago

Laurent Pernot

The Mormon Tabernacle Choir

A Biography

Michael Hicks

Jane Addams in the Classroom

Edited by David Schaafsma