I have no idea how you can begin to understand the present if you do not know the past. . . .Â 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.