I have no idea how you can begin to understand the present if you do not know the past. . . . And Indiana’s history is a history that is deep within our present.
James Madison is the Thomas and Kathryn Miller Professor of History Emeritus at Indiana University Bloomington. His books include Eli Lilly: A Life, 1885-1977, Slinging Doughnuts for the Boys: An American Woman in World War II, The Indiana Way: A State History, and A Lynching in the Heartland: Race and Memory in America. His latest book is Hoosiers: A New History of Indiana.
Madison gave the inaugural lecture of “History Talks!”—a series in Indianapolis that features interactive presentations and conversations with leading historians—with his talk “Two Centuries of Hoosiers.” He serves on the boards of Indiana Humanities and the Indiana Historical Society.