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CURRENT ISSUE - March 2016

The March 2016 issue of the Indiana Magazine of History, includes two wonderful articles.

“Challenging Economic Borders: Fort Wayne, Indiana, and Chemnitz, Germany” by Nancy Brown

Beginning in the 1890s, Wayne Knitting Mills grew from a small manufacturer of full-fashioned hosiery (shaped to fit the left and right foot as well as the leg) to a major employer and economic force in the city of Fort Wayne. Author Nancy Brown looks at how the 1890 McKinley Tariff encouraged local drugstore owner Theodore Thieme to travel to Germany and import knitting machinery and skilled workers from the city of Chemnitz back to his hometown of Fort Wayne. Brown also studies Germany’s response to Thieme’s perceived encroachment on one of its most successful manufacturing sectors, thereby highlighting both the local and international effects of U.S. tariff legislation in the late nineteenth century.

Above: Thieme was a drugstore owner before he ventured into hosiery manufacturing (1942). Below: Women in the factory looping room (1942).

“The Challenges of Local Oral History: The Ryan White Project” by Allen Safianow

In 2010, the Howard County Historical Society began an oral history project to capture community members’ stories regarding Ryan White. Prof. Allen Safianow, a member of the project committee, details the long and careful process of identifying, confirming, and interviewing a variety of people in order to capture, to a greater degree, the “complex” story which had been told only in part by “contemporary media coverage” as well as “single retrospective accounts.” Safianow details the ongoing reaction to and public use of the project archives, and he reflects on the issues faced by oral historians when dealing with controversial events when interviewers and interviewees come from the same community.