In his young working days, the man who would found the American Socialist Party took a somewhat more conservative approach to the needs of the working class.
In his letters back home, a German immigrant documented the challenges of farm life in mid-nineteenth-century Indiana.
In an essay for his high school principal, the Fairmount, Indiana student speculated "I think my life will be devoted to art and dramatics.”
Irish canal workers tried to ensure that as many men as possible from their own parts of Ireland were hired onto work crews; conflicts inevitably arose.
Many of the well-known images of life during the Great Depression are of farm families from the dustbowl of the Great Plains. Others picture Hoosier lives.
By legal charter, Indiana could boast of a university ten years before it achieved statehood: Vincennes University was chartered in 1806.
The economic, social, and racial lines drawn in Indiana Harbor held firm for many decades after Inland Steel constructed its first mill on Lake Michigan.
A German-speaking family moving from Pennsylvania or Ohio to Indiana would have had great difficulty finding a Lutheran church in the 1830s.
It was Will Vawter's introduction in 1893 to poet James Whitcomb Riley that would put Vawter’s art in the public eye.
When Gilbert De La Matyr began to preach currency reform and condemn capital, he was accused in the press and by many in the church of communism.