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September 26, 2011


The Vote Felt ‘Round The World

When a DeKalb County farmhand hurried to Kendallville on election day in 1842, he cast a vote that may have that forever changed the fates of two nations

September 5, 2011


The Divorce Mill Of The Midwest

Indiana lawmakers in the 1850s were accused of having “practically legalized Free Love and its endless and nameless abominations" through liberal divorce laws.

August 22, 2011


A Public ‘Jollification’: The 1859 Women’s Rights Petition

The crowd petitioning the legislature for women’s rights was ridiculed in the press as a “field of crinoline” and a “surging mass of pantaloons.”

May 23, 2011


Beyond Reform: Indiana’s Eugenics Crusader

At the core of Hurty’s public health philosophy lay eugenics—he viewed the sick and disabled as financial burdens upon the state.

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