As of December 11, Indiana is officially two hundred years old. As the state looks both to its legacy and its future, here are five books to get you started on Indiana's next two hundred years.
Indiana - An Interpretation
John Barlow Martin
If you're only going to read one book about Indiana, this should probably be it. Though first published in 1947, Indiana remains an insightful interpretation of Hoosier attitudes, characters, and way of life. This republication includes an introduction from historian Ray Boomhower.
Hoosiers: A New History of Indiana
James H. Madison
Much like Martin, Madison aims to frame the understanding of the people of Indiana. Who are the Hoosiers, the people that make up the state of Indiana? What are their characteristics? How has a state that was once on the far Western frontier of a young country grown and changed? Madison addresses all of those questions and more in a modern look at the history of Indiana.
Though big cities have their place, Indiana is defined by its tiny towns scattered throughout the countryside. Jessica Nunemaker takes readers to those small towns in Little Indiana, an appreciation of more than 90 cities of fewer than 15,000 residents. This book will prepare you to see the small towns of Indiana in style.
One Day In May
If you're not lucky enough to be an Indiana resident, this book will show you exactly what you're missing. From big cities to small towns and from farmlands to business districts, this book showcases a day in the life of Indiana through the eyes of the people who live there. More than 140 photos highlight a day in Indiana like never before.
One Day In May shows you the world through the eyes of Indiana's people; Undeniably Indiana lets them tell you about it in their own words. A unique compilation of true stories, legendary anecdotes, and favorite tall tales written by Hoosiers and for Hoosiers, this book belongs on the bookshelf everyone who has ever called Indiana home.