In his new book, “Hoosiers,” James H. Madison, Indiana’s foremost historical scholar, doesn’t just record the major events and grand movements that shaped our geography, economy, and politics. He also makes a case for how the past created a unique identity—still recognizable today—for the people who call this state home.
In the introduction, Madison explains that he set out merely to “update” his first comprehensive account of the state’s past, published in 1986. “But simply updating that book proved unwise,” he writes. “Because Indiana has changed. So has the knowledge of our past.”