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, 13 Jan 2020 09:36:46 -0500 OJS 60 Social Life and Social Services in Indianapolis <p>In late nineteenth-century Indianapolis, a group of citizens, united by social networks, dominated the governance and management of the city’s social services for several decades. The tight-knit network of men and women worked together at the center of social and philanthropic life. Since its inception in 1879, the charity Organization Society of Indianapolis (cOS) wielded virtual control over social welfare—making it one of the most progressive and powerful philanthropic organizations in the country. An influential coterie of men and women governed, donated to, and volunteered for the cOS and many of its sub-agencies. Then, as now, social networks are as essential for us to understand as social entrepreneurs and charismatic leaders.</p> Katherine Badertscher ##submission.copyrightStatement## Tue, 03 Sep 2019 00:00:00 -0400 A "Fearless Editor” in a Changing world <p>During the first three decades of the twentieth century, Fort wayne newspaper editor Jesse Greene used his bully pulpit to attack vice and bigotry in his city. Greene became particularly well-known for exposing the deeply entrenched racism of the Ku Klux Klan after they moved into Fort wayne in 1921. For two years (until Greene’s death in 1923), his newspaper, the Fort Wayne News and Sentinel, condemned the “intolerance, prejudice and hatred” of the organization that Greene considered a “menace to Americanism.” As an important voice of the Progressive Era in the Midwest, Greene shaped public opinion across northeast Indiana and throughout the state. Greene’s life and work remind contemporary readers of the indispensable role of a free press.</p> Peggy Seigel ##submission.copyrightStatement## Tue, 03 Sep 2019 00:00:00 -0400 Scattering the Seeds of Knowledge: The Words and Works of Indiana’s Pioneer County Extension Agents By Frederick Whitford <p>Frederick Whitford’s large and thorough tome follows the history of Indiana’s county extension agents from the program’s precursors in the 1880s through the tumultuous 1920s, years that set the stage for the trials of the Great Depression. Whitford has combed through the records of the Indiana Extension Service, searching for the issues that animated and motivated the earliest extension agents. A good bit of his material came from the annual reports that agents filed, as well as from extension bulletins developed to educate farmers. His research is exhaustive.</p> Pamela Riney-Kehrberg ##submission.copyrightStatement## Tue, 03 Sep 2019 00:00:00 -0400 Great Crossings: Indians, Settlers, and Slaves in the Age of Jackson By Christina Snyder <p>In Great Crossings: Indians, Settlers, and Slaves in the Age of Jackson, Christina Snyder moves beyond standard histories of nineteenth-century American expansion and “begins in the interior of the continent and looks outward to . . . broaden our gaze” (p. 16). Specifically, she examines the Indians, settlers, and slaves who lived in the “experimental community” of Great Crossings near Lexington, Kentucky (p. 4). Named after a nearby eighteenth-century bison ford, Great Crossings featured a mélange of Indians, whites, and blacks who “articulated new visions of the continent’s future” by promoting a shared path of inclusion in the U.S. (p. 4). Collectively, they challenged the “intolerance, exclusion, and racial injustice” that emerged in the 1830s, alerting us to a moment in the antebellum era when the hope for racial coexistence remained possible (p. 317). Snyder retrieves the history of Great Crossings with graceful storytelling.</p> Steven J. Peach ##submission.copyrightStatement## Tue, 03 Sep 2019 00:00:00 -0400 Slavery’s Capitalism: A New History of Economic Development Edited by Sven Beckert and Seth Rockman <p>For nineteenth-century Americans, it was clear that slavery was a key component of the nation’s capitalist economy. Until recently, however, scholars have not been as quick to recognize the interconnections between national economic development and slavery. The essays in this volume, which originated in a 2011 conference on “Slavery’s Capitalism” at Brown University, go a long way toward correcting this oversight. They complement a growing literature that shows how central slavery was to the economic growth of the entire United States, and provide perhaps the most wide-ranging assessment yet of the complex relationship between slavery and capitalism.</p> William D. Bryan ##submission.copyrightStatement## Tue, 03 Sep 2019 00:00:00 -0400 Free Spirits: Spiritualism, Republicanism, and Radicalism in the Civil War Era By Mark A. Lause <p>In Free Spirits: Spiritualism, Republic- anism, and Radicalism in the Civil War Era, Mark Lause argues that the rise of spiritualism influenced the <br> rise of the Republican Party in the 1850s and affected the Radical Republican agenda of equal rights during Reconstruction.</p> Timothy W. Kneeland ##submission.copyrightStatement## Tue, 03 Sep 2019 00:00:00 -0400 The End of Days: African American Religion and Politics in the Age of Emancipation By Matthew Harper <p>In The End of Days, Matthew Harper explores how Christian theology informed African American political and economic strategies after emancipation. Specifically, Harper examines how the Christian eschatology of hope fashioned African Americans’ conversations and thinking about their post-emancipative oppressive reality. Drawing on evidence gathered from African American Protestant leaders and laypersons in North Carolina during the nineteenth century, The End of Days sheds light on how African Americans assessed their post-emancipation experiences “as part of both human history and divine history” (p. 151). “Christian hope” gave African Americans a frame for understanding and transcending their turmoil. In essence, The End of Days offers us a richly detailed exploration of the importance of African Americans’ religious thought in defining and defending their freedom following emancipation.</p> Johnny E. Williams ##submission.copyrightStatement## Tue, 03 Sep 2019 00:00:00 -0400 Insurgent Democracy: The Nonpartisan League in North American Politics By Michael J. Lansing <p>As a young, left-leaning historian in the 1970s, my admiration for the Nonpartisan League (NPL)—as was the case for many—came from the inspiring film Northern Lights. In his wonderful, deeply researched, and beautifully written book, Insurgent Democracy, Michael J. Lansing forces readers to reconsider the NPL’s meaning for the history of American politics. To Lansing, the importance of the League is not as an example of anticapitalist social revolt, as portrayed in the movie and much of the literature, but rather as a model of engaged citizens trying to make government responsive to popular will. As such, the NPL offers important lessons for today’s intensely fragmented and dysfunctional politics that have left people feeling either disconnected or rabidly partisan.</p> Ken Fones-Wolf ##submission.copyrightStatement## Tue, 03 Sep 2019 00:00:00 -0400 Faith in Black Power: Religion, Race, and Resistance in Cairo, Illinois By Kerry Pimblott <p>Pimblott’s smart, deeply researched, persuasive study of black Christianity and black power could not have arrived at a better time. This is a local study with regional and national implications. Pimblott offers broad insights into the histories of white supremacy and creative black resistance, economic justice, vigilantism, mass&nbsp;incarceration, police violence, state repression of people of color, grassroots theologies, and more.</p> Alison Collis Greene ##submission.copyrightStatement## Tue, 03 Sep 2019 00:00:00 -0400 Cold War in a Cold Land: Fighting Communism on the Northern Plains By David W. Mills <p>Many Americans who came of age during the Cold War might recall participating in preparedness drills at school. The image of schoolchildren “ducking and covering” under their desks illustrates American fears during the atomic age. But apparently, the people sheltering under a desk or in a backyard bunker were not living on the Northern Plains. In Cold War in a Cold Land, David W. Mills argues that residents of North Dakota, South Dakota, and Montana did not live with the same anxieties as people in other regions of the country, believing either that an attack would never come, or, if it did, would not affect their area.</p> Nicole L. Anslover ##submission.copyrightStatement## Tue, 03 Sep 2019 00:00:00 -0400 Hall of Mirrors: The Great Depression, the Great Recession, and the Uses—and Misuses—of History By Barry Eichengreen <p>In Hall of Mirrors, Barry Eichengreen provides an outstanding example of comparative history to demonstrate the parallels between the Great Depression of the 1930s and the Great Recession, which began in 2008. Eichengreen is a knowledgeable and well-respected economic historian, whose command of economic theory, empirical evidence, and the tools of economic history make&nbsp;Hall of Mirrors an essential interpretation of the Great Recession. Beyond mere comparison, Eichengreen seeks to leverage historical analogy to further explicate the policy framework that ultimately rendered the global responses to the Great Recession only partially successful.</p> Timothy J. Galpin ##submission.copyrightStatement## Tue, 03 Sep 2019 00:00:00 -0400