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Published continuously since 1905, the Indiana Magazine of History is one of the nation's oldest historical journals. Since 1913, the IMH has been edited and published quarterly at Indiana University, Bloomington. Today, the IMH features peer-reviewed historical articles, research notes, annotated primary documents, reviews, and critical essays that contribute to public understanding of midwestern and Indiana history.


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CURRENT ISSUE - March 2015

In the March 2015 issue of the Indiana Magazine of History, guest edited by former Indiana Supreme Court Chief Justice Randall Shepard, four scholars examine the history of the Indiana Constitution.

Peter S. Onuf, Thomas Jefferson Foundation Professor Emeritus at the University of Virginia, examines how Indiana’s statehood and its 1816 constitution functioned as part of the new American republic’s westward expansion of empire. Thomas D. Hamm, Professor of History and archivist at Earlham College, considers how courts in Indiana adjudicated the issue of church and state from 1816 until the second Indiana constitution of 1851. Paul Finkelman, Senior Fellow at the Penn Program for Democracy, Citizenship, and Constitutionalism at the University of Pennsylvania, studies how the 1816 constitution and its ban on slavery and indentured servitude was interpreted in important early state court cases. Finally, George T. Patton Jr., partner at Bose McKinney & Evans LLP, and Julianne Sicklesteel, a law student at the Maurer School of Law at Indiana University Bloomington, look at the 1851 constitution and how the modern Indiana State Supreme Court has interpreted that document.

Photo of the 1816 Indiana Consitution, image courtesy of the Indiana State Library