History/Political

Isaac Blackford: Dedicated to Indiana & to Justice

Lawyers have played an important part in Indiana’s history from Territorial days to the present. This offering from the Indiana Supreme Court’s Legal History Series spotlights the legacy of Judge Isaac Blackford. Besides sitting longer than any other justice, Blackford served Indiana as a Territorial judge and was Indiana’s first Speaker of the House. In addition, he helped to shape Indiana’s and the nation’s judiciary by publishing the opinions of the court in his Blackford’s Reports. This volume delves into Blackford’s life and judicial career by bringing together three biographical articles written over a span of 100 years. The articles reprinted here illustrate, first, Blackford’s influence on law...

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The 1816 Constitution of the State of Indiana

When Indiana joined the Union in 1816, it was the second state to be carved out of the area designated by Congress as the Northwest Territory. While the land itself was still largely a wilderness, the framers of Indiana’s 1816 constitution did not have to begin their work from scratch. When Indiana began to write its first constitution, it looked to those of earlier established states for guidance. While this was not unusual, it is striking how overwhelmingly and almost exclusively Indiana drew on the constitutions of its neighbors Ohio and Kentucky—the states with which it had the most in...

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Preserving Your Rights: The History and Architecture of the ISC Courtroom

Rose Wernicke and Lisa Ungemach researched and wrote the text of this publication while working at the Indiana Supreme Court as part of their public history internship from 2012-2014. Dr. Elizabeth R. Osborn, Coordinator for Court History and Civic Education Programs at the Indiana Supreme Court, supervised the project as a part of the Indiana Supreme Court Legal History Series.

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Indiana and the Sultana Disaster

This book follows the life of John H. King from 1831 until his death in 1893. Although John was a survivor, he lived a problem plagued and pathetic existence that make the fascinating events of his life an unusual and emotional story. It is the story of a man whom fate chose to survive when others did not. The book follows John from his birth in Cincinnati, Ohio, his training as a blacksmith, his migration to Indiana, his enlistment in the 9th Indiana Cavalry his survival of the tragedies that await him. From his skirmishes and capture by the Rebs, his life threatening imprisonment at Andersonville prison and his survival of...

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High Five: African-American Institutions in Indianapolis

In this age of digitized information and searches for new gadgets, there is a tendency to forget about long standing institutions that have paved the way for African-Americans to move forward. High Five, written by Dr. Stanley Warren, is an attempt to showcase five African-American institutions that have helped to stabilize the Indianapolis community. These institutions have led in attempts to bridge the gaps in racial, economic, educational, and social areas. They are by no means the only institutions playing this role, but their commitment has stood the test of time.

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The Richard G. Lugar Excellence in Public Service Series

This book celebrates the 25th Anniversary of the Lugar Series, a political leadership development program designed for fast tracking and mainstreaming outstanding Hoosier women into positions of influence in the public arena. The publication includes reflections about the Lugar Series, results of the program, speakers and mentors, class memories, executive directors, alumnae, honorary governors, the board of governors, and the Nancy A. Maloley Award. Forward by Richard G. Lugar, retired United States Senator.

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Skelton: Portrait of an American Family

One of the best parts of my journey has been finding, talking with, and meeting dozens of new family members. Some are near; others are distant, both in the family tree and in geography. Each one has shed some light on a branch or leaf in the Skelton family. Thank you each and every cousin and family member for accepting me into your lives. All of these bits of genealogical information are like pieces to a big beautiful puzzle. But these pieces didn't come in a box with the picture on the cover. I had to search for each piece....

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Heritage Christian School: A Faithful Journey

For fifty years, Heritage Christian School has established a rich history of providing quality, biblically based Christian education at the corner of 75th and Binford Boulevard in Indianapolis. This book serves to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the school, from its beginnings in 1965 to teacher and alumni biographies, to class portraits through 2015, the school's dedication to arts and athletics, and experiences beyond the classroom.

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Words They Lived By: Colonial New England Speech, Then and Now

Words They Lived By: Colonial New England Speech, Then and Now offers an entertaining and informative look into colonial New England life as well as a bit of perspective on our own. It sheds light on familiar colonial New England words and expressions and on the life and history that informed them. Did you know that the colonists used the wordsslang, football, coffeehouse, negligee, scuttlebutt, but with far different meanings from those we know today? Did you wonder where the expression red tape, bitter end, to be at loggerheads came from? Join me as I regale you with definitions, stories, poems,...

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