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A Century of Eugenics in America: From the Indiana Experiment to the Human Genome Era

Paul A. Lombardo

In 1907, Indiana passed the world's first involuntary sterilization law based on the theory of eugenics. In time, more than 30 states and a dozen foreign countries followed suit. Although the Indiana statute was later declared unconstitutional, other laws restricting immigration and regulating marriage on "eugenic" grounds were still in effect in the U.S. as late as the 1970s. A Century of Eugenics in America assesses the history of eugenics in the United States and its status in the age of the Human Genome Project. The essays explore the early support of compulsory sterilization by doctors and legislators; the implementation of eugenic schemes in Indiana, Georgia, California, Minnesota, North Carolina, and Alabama; the legal and social challenges to sterilization; and the prospects for a eugenics movement basing its claims on modern genetic science.

251 pp / 2011 / 9780253222695 / $24.95
Order no. 1354

The Seasonal Cabin Cookbook

Teresa Marrone

Celebrate the change of seasons while enjoying foods that are perfect for the cabin setting! The recipes in this cookbook are organized by season, and they're designed to be prepared with minimum fuss in a kitchen that may lack some conveniences.

400 pp / 2001 / 9781885061799 / $16.95
Order no. 1345

Indiana Activity Book

Paula Ellis 

How do you make the perfect Indiana getaway even better? Give your kids the Indiana Activity Book for hours of fun! From mazes and word finds to maps and pictures to color, it's a great way to learn about the area and is ideal for car rides and quiet time.

64 pp / $5.95
Order no. 1346

Indiana-made Glass Flowers and Heart Paperweights

These colorful, hand-made glass flowers and heart-shaped paperweights are crafted by artist Lisa Pelo of Hot Blown Glass in Clayton, Indiana.  A variety of colors are available.

Flowers $18.00
Order no. 1342

Paperweights $28
Order no. 1341

Raptors, a Coloring Album

Anne Price

An expanded and revised version of the best-selling Eagles, Hawks, Falcons, and Owls: A Coloring Album, Raptors contains stunning color images of North America's most majestic birds surrounded by activities and coloring pages. Ann Price provides a brief description of what separates raptors from other birds, their evolution from prehistoric forebears, and offers a map to illustrate distribution throughout the North American continent today. The centerpiece of the book is a gallery of 50 raptors, one per page, with a brief description of each bird's unique characteristics, lifestyle, and habitat. Keyed to color paintings found elsewhere in the book, these pages provide an opportunity for children to create their own renderings of the plumage of these magnificent birds.

64 pp / 2002 / 9781461663935 / $12.95
Order no. 1327

One Hundred Percent American

Thomas R. Pegram

In the 1920s, a revived Ku Klux Klan burst into prominence as a self-styled defender of American values, a magnet for white Protestant community formation, and a would-be force in state and national politics. But the hooded bubble burst at mid-decade, and the social movement that had attracted several million members and additional millions of sympathizers collapsed into insignificance. Since the 1990s, intensive community-based historical studies have reinterpreted the 1920s Klan. Rather than the violent, racist extremists of popular lore and current observation, 1920s Klansmen appear in these works as more mainstream figures. Sharing a restrictive American identity with most native-born white Protestants after World War I, hooded knights pursued fraternal fellowship, community activism, local reforms, and paid close attention to public education, law enforcement (especially Prohibition), and moral/sexual orthodoxy. No recent general history of the 1920s Klan movement reflects these new perspectives on the Klan. One Hundred Percent American incorporates them while also highlighting the racial and religious intolerance, violent outbursts, and political ambition that aroused widespread opposition to the Invisible Empire. Balanced and comprehensive, One Hundred Percent American explains the Klan's appeal, its limitations, and the reasons for its rapid decline in a society confronting the reality of cultural and religious pluralism.

281 pp / 2011 / 9781566637114 / $27.95
Order no. 1324

As Long as They Don't Move Next Door

Stephen Grant Meyer

Despite the commonly held perception that most northern citizens embraced racial equality, As Long As They Don't Move Next Door graphically demonstrates the variety of methods_including violence and intimidation, unjust laws, restrictive covenants, discrimination by realtors and mortgage lenders, and white flight to suburban enclaves—used by whites to thwart the racial integration of their neighborhoods. Author Stephen Grant Meyer offers the first full length national history of American race relations examined through the lens of housing discrimination, and he forces readers to confront and re-evaluate the deep and enduring division between the races. Although this is a discomforting analysis, which concludes that housing discrimination still exists, it is only a clearer understanding of our shared racial past that will enable Americans to create a successful prescription for fighting intolerance. An original and captivating study that illuminates overlooked groups and individuals committed to the national struggle for civil rights, this is important reading for anyone interested in African-American history.

352 pp / 2001 / 9780847697014 / $28.95
Order no. 1326

Fleeing for Freedom

George and Willene Hendrick, editors

Published to coincide with Black History Month and the opening of the new Underground Railroad Museum in Cincinnati, Fleeing for Freedom includes selected narratives from the two most important contemporary chroniclers of the Underground Railroad, Levi Coffin and William Still. Here are firsthand descriptions of the experiences of escaped slaves making their way to freedom in the North and in Canada in the years before the Civil War. George and Willene Hendrick have chosen a broad range of stories to reflect the strategies, tactics, heartbreak, and dangers—for both the slaves and the "conductors"—of the secret network. In their Introduction, they provide basic information about the scope and workings of the Underground Railroad and its impact on slaves, slaveholders, and the Northern abolitionist societies that were so heavily involved. Fleeing for Freedom offers gripping personal accounts of one of the great collaborations between whites and blacks in American history. With 15 black-and-white engravings and line drawings.

224 pp / 2003 / 9781461741251 / $14.95
Order no. 1328


Donald Spoto

Based on meticulous research and new interviews with dozens of family members, friends, lovers, directors, and costars, Rebel offers a revelatory look at actor and film icon James Dean (1931-1955). From the dusty roads of rural Indiana to Manhattan's gay culture , from Broadway to Burbank, here is Dean's troubled life: the tragic death of his mother when he was nine; his tumultuous relationship with his father; his rise to stardom in New York and Hollywood and his on-and off-screen exploits.

352 pp / 2000 / 9781461741664 / $18.95
Order no. 1323

Antebellum Women: Private, Public, Partisan

Carol Lasser and Stacey M. Robertson

How did diverse women in America understand, explain, and act upon their varied constraints, positions, responsibilities, and worldviews in changing American society between the end of the Revolution and the beginning of the Civil War? Antebellum Women: Private, Public, Partisan answers the question by going beyond previous works in the field. The authors identify three phases in the changing relationship of women to civic and political activities. They first situate women as "deferential domestics" in a world of conservative gender expectations; then map out the development of an ideology that allowed women to leverage their familial responsibilities into participation as "companionate co-workers" in movements of religion, reform, and social welfare; and finally trace the path of those who followed their causes into the world of politics as "passionate partisans." The book includes a selection of primary documents that encompasses both well-known works and previously unpublished texts from a variety of genres, making Antebellum Women a unique one-volume work that will introduce readers to the documentary record as well as to the vibrant body of historical work on gender in the early nineteenth century.

217 pp / 2013 / 9780742551978 / $30.00
Order no. 1325

New Indiana-made Gifts


These colorful, hand-made glass ornaments are crafted by artist Lisa Pelo of Hot Blown Glass in Clayton, Indiana.    

Chocolate for the Spirit is a Shelbyville, Indiana company that uses the finest organic, fair trade cocoa to make gourmet treats perfect for holiday gifts. 

To see available options, pricing, and ordering information for chocolate and ornaments, click here.

Crown Hill: History, Spirit, Sanctuary

Douglas A. Wissing, Marianne Tobias, Rebecca Dolan, and Anne Ryder
Listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1973, Crown Hill Cemetery has been a vital part of the Indianapolis community dating back to its first interment, Lucy Ann Seaton, on June 2, 1864. Since then, Crown Hill has grown from a rural cemetery into the third largest private cemetery in the nation. Published by the Indiana Historical Society Press in cooperation with the Crown Hill Heritage Foundation, Crown Hill: History, Spirit, and Sanctuary examines the complete history of Crown Hill and places its story in a the larger historical context of the development and growth of American landscape architecture. In addition, the book includes vignettes of the famous families and individuals buried and/or entombed at Crown Hill and numerous photographs of the cemetery, its remarkable architecture, intricate sculptures memorializing the dead, and its lush landscape in every season.
400pp / 2013 / 978-0871953018 / $39.95
Order No. 1320

The Identity of the American Midwest: Essays on Regional History

Edited by Andrew R.L. Cayton and Susan E. Gray
In a series of personal essays, this book considers the question of regional identity as a useful way of thinking about the history of the American Midwest. The contributors begin with the assumption that Midwesterners have never been as consciously regional as their fellow Americans, east, south, and west. They note the particular absence of the Midwest from the recent revival of interest in American regionalism among both scholars and journalists. Drawing on personal experiences as well as a wide variety of scholarship, the authors consider what it means to be from the Midwest and why Midwesterners have traditionally been less assertive about their regional identity than other Americans.

264pp / 2001 / 978-0253219206 / $24.95

Order No. 1297


Madam Walker Theatre Center: An Indianapolis Treasure

A'Lelia Bundles
As they watched construction of the block-long flatiron building brick by brick throughout 1927, African American residents of Indianapolis could scarcely contain their pride. This new headquarters of the Madam C.J. Walker Manufacturing Company, with its terra-cotta trimmed facade, was to be more than corporate offices and a factory for what then was one of America’s most successful black businesses. In fact, it was designed as “a city within a city,” with an African Art Deco theater, ballroom, restaurant, drugstore, beauty salon, beauty school, and medical offices. Generations of African American families met for Sunday dinner at the Coffee Pot, enjoyed first-run movies and live performances in the Walker Theatre, and hosted dances in the Casino. Today, this National Historic Landmark is an arts center anchoring the Indiana Avenue Cultural District.
128pp / 2013 / 9781467110877 / $21.99
Order No. 1305

 Muncie: The Middletown of America

E. Bruce Geelhoed
It was the publication of research conducted by Robert S. Lynd and his wife Helen Merrell Lynd in 1929 that transformed Muncie, Indiana into the barometer of social attitudes, customs, beliefs, and behavior in the American heartland. Recognized as the most widely studied mid-sized community in America, Muncie has attracted researchers and historians for nearly a century. A town which prospered in the 1920s, and survived the economic hardships of the Great Depression, Muncie has grown to become a prospering business community with a strong link to its rich past. Muncie: The Middletown of America explores the evolution of Muncie in a series of over two hundred black and white images. Spectacular photographs unveil Muncie's past, from the Ball Brothers, whose glass-making company gave the city its reputation in the 1880s, to exciting high school basketball and volleyball contests in the 1980s and 1990s. Striking imagery enables the reader to connect to the past and visualize how Muncie developed to where it stands today.

128pp / 2000 / 9780738507330 / $21.99
Order No. 1302

 The Indy 500, 1956-1965

Ben Lawrence, W.C. Madden, and Christopher Baas

The 1950s and early 1960s are considered by many to be the Golden Era of Racing at the Indianapolis 500, and photographer Ben Lawrence was on hand taking photos of the Greatest Spectacle for the Indianapolis Times. During that era, Ben captured many images of the race and race events that surrounded the Indy 500. He was there when Bill Vukovich met his fate in 1955. He photographed the first Indianapolis 500 Parade, which has become an annual event. He captured A.J. Foyt winning his first race at the Brickyard. He was on hand to photograph the breaking of the 150-mph barrier. Then he saw the transition from the front-engined Offenhauser to the rear-engined Lotus-Fords, which ended the Golden Era.
128pp / 2004 / 9780738532462 / $21.99
Order No. 1304

 African Americans in Fort Wayne: The First 200 Years

Dodie Marie Miller

The history and contributions of African Americans in northeast Indiana have been largely overlooked. This new publication, African Americans in Fort Wayne: The First 200 Years, does not claim to be a definitive history of the topic. It does, however, recognize and honor the pioneers who have made the African-American community in Fort Wayne what it is today. Through diary excerpts, oral histories, and studies of social organizations, religion, and community, a rich, 200-year heritage is vividly depicted. The story begins in 1794, when evidence points to the first black inhabitant of Fort Wayne. The first known, free black in the area was identified in 1809. During the early part of the 1800s, Indiana state funds partially financed a movement to send Indiana blacks to Liberia. Few left, and those who remained worked diligently to make Fort Wayne their own. The fruits of their labor can be partially seen in the development of the first black church, Turner Chapel A.M.E., which was started in 1849 and has been a pillar of the community since its completion. A migration of African Americans from the south, due to industrialization, greatly increased the population from 1913 through 1927, and new churches, organizations, and opportunities were developed. Today, the black community in Fort Wayne is rightfully proud of its extensive past.
128pp / 2000 / 9780738507156 / $21.99
Order No. 1303

 The Jazz State of Indiana

Duncan Schiedt


The Jazz State of Indiana is a story of one state's experience in the development of jazz and dance music. Beginning in the mid-1950s, author Duncan Schiedt talked with veteran Hoosier musicians about their experiences in the early days of jazz. Schiedt realized that Indiana represented something special in jazz history—a place where ethnic heritage, educational traditions, and even geographical location in the country had produced more and finer musicians than one could have expected. In The Jazz State of Indiana, Schiedt provides a glimpse into the rise and flowering of jazz music in Indiana through his account of how jazz came about, the names of some of those most responsible, and something of the environment in which jazz flourished.

255pp / 1977 / 0960352805 / $24.95

Order no. 3038

 Historic Preservation in Indiana: Essays From the Field

Edited by Nancy R. Hiller

Over the last half century, historic preservation has been on the rise in American cities and towns, from urban renewal and gentrification projects to painstaking restoration of Victorian homes and architectural landmarks. In this book, Nancy R. Hiller brings together individuals with distinctive styles and perspectives to talk about their passion for preservation. They consider the meaning of place and what motivates those who work to save and care for places; the role of place in the formation of identity; the roles of individuals and organizations in preserving homes, neighborhoods, and towns; and the spiritual as well as economic benefits of preservation. Richly illustrated, Historic Preservation in Indiana is an essential book for everyone who cares about preserving the past for future generations.

224pp / 2013 / 9780253010469 / $25.00  
Order no. 4109