Indiana Magazine of History <p>Published continuously since 1905, the&nbsp;<em>Indiana Magazine of History&nbsp;</em>is one of the nation's oldest historical journals. Since 1913, the <em>IMH</em> has been edited and published quarterly at Indiana University, Bloomington. Today, the <em>IMH</em> features peer-reviewed historical articles, research notes, annotated primary documents, reviews, and critical essays that contribute to public understanding of midwestern and Indiana history.&nbsp;Online ISSN: 1942-9711</p> en-US (Indiana Magazine of History) (IUScholarWorks) Mon, 02 Mar 2020 16:20:01 -0500 OJS 60 The Fugitive Slave Case of John Freeman and its Influence on Indiana Politics <p>In June 1853, Indianapolis resident John Freeman was arrested at the behest of a Missouri slaveholder under the terms of the Fugitive Slave Law of 1850. Freeman enjoyed the support of many of his white neighbors as well as excellent legal representation, but was forced to remain in jail while his lawyers sought proof of his free status as well as the true identity of the fugitive slave in question. Although Freeman was finally legally identified and released, the case brought home to many Northerners how easily free black citizens could be arrested and borne away by claimants and how complicit Northern law enforcement could become in aiding Southern slaveholders. The case also influenced the formation of the abolitionist People’s Party in 1854.</p> Chris Walker ##submission.copyrightStatement## Thu, 01 Mar 2018 00:00:00 -0500 Battling for the Hardwood <p>This article examines the creation and development of women’s athletics, specifically women’s basketball, on the Indiana University campus and assesses the role of pioneering staff and faculty—particularly Juliette Maxwell, the director of women’s athletics from 1896 to 1928. Maxwell and her colleagues actively pursued the development of women’s physical education as more than an elective and created a department that facilitated a wide variety of athletic opportunities for collegiate women.</p> H. Grace Shymanski ##submission.copyrightStatement## Thu, 01 Mar 2018 00:00:00 -0500 War Upon Our Border: Two Ohio Valley Communities Navigate the Civil War By Stephen I. Rockenbach AND A Generation At War: The Civil War Era in a Northern Community By Nicole Etcheson <p>“Our best chance of understanding the Civil War era is through the eyes of the ordinary people who lived it,” writes Stephen Rockenbach. Instead of focusing on “representative events” like political elections and battles, historians must view these moments as “a small part of an overall collective experience shared among a diverse group of people” (Rockenbach, p. 192). One way to weave together individual ordinary lives into a “collective experience” is through what Nicole Etcheson describes as “microhistory,” a localized study of diverse peoples in a particular geographic setting (Etcheson, p. 17).</p> Aaron Astor ##submission.copyrightStatement## Thu, 01 Mar 2018 00:00:00 -0500 Campaign Crossroads: Presidential Politics in Indiana from Lincoln to Obama By Andrew E. Stoner <p>Campaign Crossroads tells the stories of all the presidential and vice-presidential candidates who came to Indiana while campaigning and serving in office. That’s a tall order, which Andrew Stoner fulfills by presenting the coverage of these presidential tickets by local Hoosier newspapers over time. In the process, we learn a lot that’s new, and we are also reminded that much of what we consider to be newly characteristic of American politics has actually been present for quite a long time.</p> Marjorie Randon Hershey ##submission.copyrightStatement## Mon, 02 Mar 2020 00:00:00 -0500 Shifting Sands: The Restoration of the Calumet Area By Kenneth J. Schoon <p>The mid-1900s were transformative years for northwest Indiana and its dunes environs. The “Save the Dunes” organization and the Port of Indiana were created, symbolizing the forced fusion of environment and industry that has come to characterize this corner of the Crossroads of America. The region’s unique placement on Lake Michigan adjacent to the “city of broad shoulders” that is Chicago came to attract recreational tourists as well as industrious entrepreneurs, generating the forces that would sculpt this landscape for generations.</p> Ty Warner ##submission.copyrightStatement## Thu, 01 Mar 2018 00:00:00 -0500 The New Midwest: A Guide to Contemporary Fiction of the Great Lakes, Great Plains, and Rust Belt By Mark Athitakis <p>Midwesterners always live, it seems, in an age of lead, the eon even meaner than Hesiod’s own contemporary “Iron” age, all misery and decay, casting nostalgic glances back on the cast of cast-off ages, the more precious alloys and ores—Bronze, Silver, Gold. The gist of the old metallurgy haunts the subtitle of Mark Athitakis’s fine guidebook, The New Midwest: A Guide to Contemporary Fiction of the Great Lakes, Great Plains, and Rust Belt: the oxidation of wistfulness, the boketto sigh of the looking back on looking back, that green breast of a new world always obviously out there, always out of reach. “You should have seen the lake in my day, now that was a great Great Lake!” But to his great credit, Athitakis in this archeological dig of the heartland’s literary bottomland neither stratifies the mildewy cultural milieu nor selects works and authors steeped in the crick-necked, over-the- shoulder gape into the goldengrassed past. I wish I could recreate here the graphic crag captured on the book’s lead-colored cover—the NEW careted in between the THE and the MIDWEST—that illustrates the illustrious work this book does, wedging apart the tattoo of charred cartography, the midden of mighthave- beens, the runes of ruined ruin.</p> Michael Martone ##submission.copyrightStatement## Thu, 01 Mar 2018 00:00:00 -0500 Self-Evident Truths: Contesting Equal Rights from the Revolution to the Civil War By Richard D. Brown <p>Pretty much any day, Americans can read denunciations of the nation’s founding generation and hear announcements that the society they and their descendants have created is not really a globally-recognized success but rather more of a failure, a society that has long professed equality and progress for residents of all sorts but actually functioned for the perpetuation of privilege.</p> Randall T. Shepard ##submission.copyrightStatement## Thu, 01 Mar 2018 00:00:00 -0500 Tariff Wars and the Politics of Jacksonian America By William K. Bolt <p>Finally, scholars and students of Jacksonian America have a monograph that explains convincingly why the tariff was one of the most important issues shaping the course of American politics from the War of 1812 to the eve of the Civil War. In covering the always volatile tariff issue from the 1812 Tariff to the Morrill Tariff of 1861—and including every tariff proposal, bill, and act in between—Bolt demonstrates beyond a doubt that few other issues, slavery included, dominated the national political landscape during the antebellum period. The author equally shows how the tariff became intertwined with, often determining, other prominent issues of the day, from the Missouri Crisis to territorial expansion.</p> William S. Belko ##submission.copyrightStatement## Thu, 01 Mar 2018 00:00:00 -0500 Lincoln and the Democrats: The Politics of Opposition in the Civil War By Mark E. Neely Jr. <p>Northern Democrats during the Civil War have been grossly understudied; therefore, we should caution against making broad generalizations about their character and motivations. Such is the general thrust of Mark E. Neely’s slender but illuminating Lincoln and the Democrats, a book that draws on the author’s vast knowledge of nineteenth-century politics, the Constitution, and Abraham Lincoln. If this is, as stated in the introduction, Neely’s last book on the Civil War, he will have made another signal contribution to the field. By carefully pruning away questionable interpretive underbrush, he has well prepared the ground for future studies on this crucial topic.</p> Gregory A. Peek ##submission.copyrightStatement## Thu, 01 Mar 2018 00:00:00 -0500 Charles Gates Dawes: A Life By Annette B. Dunlap <p>Like a character in a Herman Wouk novel, Charles Gates Dawes (1865– 1951) spent the majority of his adult life thriving in the midst of the action while in the service of his country. For a long time, he has deserved a good biography—the only previous study of any note is Bascom Timmons’s breezy 1953 tome published soon after Dawes’s death— and finally a worthy treatment has appeared. Annette B. Dunlap, an independent scholar who was contacted by the Evanston History Center to write Dawes’s biography, had previously crafted a history of First Lady Frances Folsom Cleveland.</p> Annette B. Dunlap ##submission.copyrightStatement## Thu, 01 Mar 2018 00:00:00 -0500 The Suburban Church: Modernism and Community in Postwar America By Gretchen Buggeln <p>Every suburb in Indiana has them, often by the half-dozen: the inexpensive, intimate, brick, stone, and concrete churches erected during the building, and church-going, boom that followed World War II. They are not vernacular in the strict sense, since most of them were architect-designed and professionally built, but they are so common as to be almost invisible. Gretchen Buggeln’s warm, generous study brings these churches into focus, not only through her analysis of their design but through a careful examination of the hopes and dreams of the young congregations that sacrificed not only cash, but often sweat and tears, to build them.</p> Catherine R. Osborne ##submission.copyrightStatement## Thu, 01 Mar 2018 00:00:00 -0500 Curating America: Journeys through Storyscapes of the American Past By Richard Rabinowitz <p>Richard Rabinowitz loves museums. “I am still amazed at the magic of the museum moment at its best,” he writes, “when it crystallizes the immediacy of the theater, the meticulous scholarship of the library, the open-ended adventure of the laboratory, and the conviviality of the family table” (p. 59). Those of us who also love museums owe a great debt to Rabinowitz. As co-founder of the consulting firm American History Workshop, he has contributed to the development of some of the most impressive museums and exhibits of the last half-century, including the Lower East Side Tenement Museum, the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center, and the New York Historical Society’s 2005 exhibit Slavery in New York.</p> Susan Ferentinos ##submission.copyrightStatement## Thu, 01 Mar 2018 00:00:00 -0500