History | Survey of Indiana History
A363 | 21629 | J. Madison
A portion of the above class reserved for majors. Above class open
to undergraduates and Education MA's only.
What’s a Hoosier? This course will survey the history of Indiana
from beginnings to the present and suggest a variety of possible
answers to that question. The course has three parts, arranged in
rough chronological order: part one, the frontier-pioneer era to
1850; part two, the era of transition, 1850-1920; and part three,
the modern era, 1920-2010
Throughout we will devote primary attention to change, to understand
the people of Indiana as they moved from a rural, agricultural,
frontier society to a more urban, industrial, and global society.
Equally important, the course will explore the continuity of
traditions in Indiana and consider those themes that still make the
state distinctive. Specific issues studied include pioneer
settlement, the Civil War, ethnic neighborhoods, the Ku Klux Klan,
the Indiana automobile industry, the politics of public education,
and perhaps, basketball.
The core reading will be James H. Madison, The Indiana Way: A State
History, supplemented by additional books and essays on particular
issues. Grades are based on essay examinations and papers.