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CURRENT ISSUE - September 2015

The September 2015 issue of the Indiana Magazine of History, includes three wonderful articles.

“‘To Make War against the Whiskey Ring': Anti-Saloon Sentiment and Extralegal Violence in Southwest Indiana, 1874-1875,” by Randy Mills

In 1875, temperance supporter William Cockrum and an anti-saloon mob destroyed Andrew Evans’s Oakland, Indiana, saloon: in retaliation, Cockrum’s home was firebombed. Looking at the darker side of the temperance movement, historian Randy Mills explores Cockrum’s motives for embracing violence as a moral weapon. He also offers a broader view of the temperance movement in Indiana, including the anti-Catholic and anti-German rhetoric that often characterized the movement.

“Indianapolis: Where Civil Aviation Innovation Matured and Thrived,” by Theresa Kraus

From 1939 to 1959, the Indianapolis Experimental Station tested and evaluated the newest developments in flight safety, some of which became the international standard in aviation. FAA historian Theresa Kraus explores Indianapolis’s important role in the progress of civil and military aviation, and also highlights some of the more entertaining aspects of aviation development—like the famous “chicken gun” that fired chicken carcasses at plane windshields..

Father Hesburgh delivering an impromptu speech at Martin Luther King Jr.'s Chicago Rally, July 21, 1964 (above). At the rally's end, Hesburgh locked hands with King and other leaders and sang, "We Shall Overcome" (below).

“‘A Story that Can’t be Printed’: Ernie Pyle’s Ie Shima Memorial Dedication, Dealing with Men, and Military Journalism in the Mid-Pacific During World War II,” by John J. Contreni

Historian John J. Contreni uses an unpublished account of the dedication of journalist Ernie Pyle’s Ie Shima memorial to shed light on soldier-officer relations during World War II, in addition to demonstrating how military journalists navigated a world in which soldiers sought empathy, concern, and dignity, while those in authority demanded discipline and unity to fight and win the war.