Indiana History

Indiana History

A Book of Readings
Distribution: World
Publication date: 03/22/1995
Format: Paperback
ISBN: 978-0-253-28191-3
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These readings provide an overview of Indiana history based upon primary and secondary acounts of significant events and personalities. This treasure trove includes work by George Rogers Clark, Emma Lou Thornbrough, George Ade, Dan Wakefield, and many more.

Author Bio

RALPH D. GRAY is Professor of History and Adjunct Professor of American Studies at Indiana University–Purdue University at Indianapolis.

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Table of Contents

Indiana: The Land and the People
A Poetic Question
Indiana: A New Perspective

1. The First Inhabitants
Indian Achievements
Indiana’s Prehistoric Culture
The First Europeans
The Failure of French Policy
The French Fort at Vincennes

2. The Era of the American Revolution, 1763-1789
A Historian’s View
The Characters of Henry Hamilton and George Rogers Clark Compared
A Participant Writes
Our March Upon Vincennes
An Enlightened Western Policy
The Northwest Ordinance, 1787

3. Harrison, Tecumseh, and Territorial Politics
Contrary Patterns in Territorial Life
Democratic Influences in Territorial Indian
Slavery in the Indiana Territory/Jacob Piatt Dunn
A Classic Confrontation
Tecumseh, Harrison, and the War of 1812
The Battle of Tippecanoe
An Eyewitness Account of Tippecanoe
Chief Shabonee’s Account of Tippecanoe
The Nineteenth State
Statehood Achieved

4. Life on the Indiana Frontier
The Settlers
Senator Smith’s Reminiscences
Cultural Centers of the 1820s
Robert Owen’s New Harmony
William Conner’s Farm
Establishing the Public Schools
Transportation Problems and Plans
The Wabash and Erie Canal
Beginning the Railroad Network
Pioneer Agriculture
The Farming Seasons
The First State Fair

5. The Era of the Civil War
Political Developments
The Fugitive Slave Law in Operation
Birth of the Republican Party in Indiana
The Impact of War upon Indiana
Indiana in the Civil War
Morgan’a Raid into Southern Indiana, July 1863
Postwar Patterns
The 1870s in Context
Governor "Blue Jeans" Williams

6. Into the Modern Era
Natural Gas
The Gas Boom
Life in the Capital City
Indianapolis and Midwestern Culture
Manufacturing and Industry
The Growth of Manufacturing
A New Industry

7. The New Century
Politics and Prohibition
The Riddle of Governor Hanly
Roads and