History/Political

The Hoosier Boat: Commissioning of USS Indiana (SSN 789)

USS Indiana, the 16th Virginia-class fast-attack submarine, was officially commissioned on September 29 of 2018. A commemorative hardbound book is being published to celebrate and cement this momentous event’s place in history. This coffee table-style book will be complete with an overview of the history of Indiana, former namesake ships, never before published historical documents and photos, rich Naval history of Indiana, Hoosiers in the Navy, the Indiana crew and more!

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AmeXit: America’s Departure from Reason

In the aftermath of the 2008 elections, where an African-American was elected president, there was widespread consensus that anyone in America, regardless of race, gender or creed, could aspire to become anything, even president! We hailed it at the time as evidence of American Exceptionalism, without realizing that this could also be true in the opposite/negative. The 2016 presidential election pitted against each other, two New Yorkers who couldn’t be more different. Donald Trump, a novice politician, emerged from a crowded GOP field while Hillary Clinton, erstwhile Senator and Secretary of State, emerged for the Democrats. AmeXit is a collection...

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Fear of a Black Republican: The Story of José Evans

José Evans is a graduate of Cathedral High School in Indianapolis, and he earned a B.A. in Political Science and English from the University of Indianapolis and an M.B.A. from Indiana Wesleyan University in Marion, Indiana. Evans is an internationally known education reformer and founder of the Black & Latino Policy Institute. He has more than 20 years of experience in politics and government and is author of The Emperor Penguin and Fear of a Black Republican.

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Lunch with the Partners

“Lunch” is all Rabb would say as he walked by my office.  The partners were going to lunch and I was invited.  For a young lawyer, lunch with the partners was an anticipated part of the day. For the four-man Vincennes law firm of Emison Emison & Doolittle, “lunch” was one hour, more or less, most days of the week, where interesting persons discussed a multitude of topics.  Though all four lawyers usually attended, it was not a requirement.  In fact, to me, it was a privilege that came with being a member of the firm.

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Ice Cream Cones as Casualties

On June 30, 1969, the Purdue University Creamery closed. After the doors were locked and production of quality dairy products on the Purdue campus ceased, only memories lived on, and many of those memories are the basis for this book. Ice Cream Cones as Casualties is a documented historical review of people, buildings, events, and products that made the Purdue Dairy Department one of the country’s leading research, extension, and educational institutions for dairy manufacturing. Also included are personal stories of nostalgia as told by former students, faculty, and people of the West Lafayette community. Some of the world’s greatest...

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Indiana At 200: The Official Report of the Indiana Bicentennial Commission

The goal of Indiana’s 2016 bicentennial celebration was to honor the state’s 200 years of history, but to do so in a modern way, engaging all 6.5 million Hoosiers and leaving a legacy for future generations. The Official Report of the Indiana Bicentennial Commission chronicles the accomplishments, events, projects and activities that marked the state’s 200th birthday.

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Hoosier Beacons

It is remarkable how little many Hoosiers know about the history of our state and its amazing people. Some of the greatest athletes, composers, entertainers, entrepreneurs, innovators, leaders, musicians, philanthropists, politicians, preachers, public servants, scientists, teachers and writers in U.S. history were nurtured by this soil.
Yet too many Hoosiers have no idea that they share an Indiana connection.

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Contrary To Popular Belief

In the spring of 2014, Leppert started writing a blog.  It was the usual kind of blog being written for the usual kinds of reasons. But a funny thing happened when he took a couple of risks with his writing:  he got away with it.  And then he took his gloves off for good. Within a year, his “blog” was elevated to a “column” and began showing up in mainstream publications throughout Indiana.  After publishing more than a hundred installments, a group of recurring political and cultural themes began to emerge.  From RFRA and guns, to the economy and parenting,...

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The Persian Journal: The Cultural-Scientific English Publication

Published in July 2011, these pages of the Persian Journal contain: The World's First Charter of Human Rights, Hooshang Mohammadi Cyrus the Great, Iran Chamber Society; Irving Finkel Professor Iraj Fazel, career biography Professor Reza Malekzadeh, career biography Professor Mohsen Shahinpoor, career biography Professor Mahmood Golabchi, career biography How the Dilemma of Long Waiting List of Thyroid Cancer Patients Needing Treatment with Radioactive Iodine-131 Was Reduced from 4-6 Months to 1-2 Weeks in Iran, Hooshang Mohammadi Persian Cinema, David Cardwell Norooz-e Jam, Maryam Altafi Persian Painting and Miniature Art, Mehrdad Amir'aqaie Raising Silk Worms in Lapur, Mazandaran, Iran, Jila Amir-Aghaie

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