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June 11, 2012

 

Woodburn Hall

A Fledgling Historian Takes On Reconstruction

Just as interesting as the speeches future historian James Woodburn gave in his undergraduate debate club at IU are the texts he wrote but never delivered.

January 30, 2012

 

Golden Circle, Dark Plot

Historians concur that there were many Southern sympathizers in Indiana. Whether they were plotting the violent overthrow of the state government is unclear.

January 16, 2012

 

abolitionist addresses meeting

Stephen S. Harding: Decrying Slavery in Uncertain Times

Although most of his contemporaries had no interest in abolition and little sympathy for slaves, Harding tried to persuade hostile audiences across Indiana.

July 25, 2011

 

Jonathan Jennings grave, edit

A Savvy Politician Guides Indiana Into Statehood

Voters opposed outright electioneering, so when Jennings dropped in at a militia muster or log rolling, he was always ‘on his way’ to some other place.

September 20, 2010

 

Constitution Elm, circa 1910

A Tree Grew in Corydon

Legend has it that Indiana’s constitution was debated and ultimately drafted underneath a massive elm, whose trunk was five feet in diameter.

February 15, 2010

 

Henry Ward Beecher’s Hoosier Years

Although his Indiana years were darkened by financial woes and family tragedy, Beecher later recalled his Hoosier period as the foundation of his career.

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