HOOSIER by Health Rowman

HOOSIER

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KIRKUS REVIEW

This is not a state guide. It does not even fit into the category of The Buckeye Country as being a study of the characteristics of a state. It is a seeking into the personality of the ""Hoosier"" as such, the traditional resident of the state of Indians. Whence the tradition? How did it grow? What has contributed to the Indiana, human picture? Through the personalities, -- individuals, types and groups Heath Bowman has shown a state in the making. He has gone back to his John Claytons and his Samuel Merrills. He has written of the contribution of the Utopians, of the Quakers. He has traced the educational revolution of Baynard Rush Hall. He has indicated the racial factors, Bootch-Irish, German; the land grabbers and the speculators; the agriculturists. He has traced the effect of canals, roads, railroads the abortive expansion of public works, the excursion into national politics, the Wabash and its banks, Journalism, literature (and its examplaes -- a goodly showing), the Secret Order of the Bons of Liberty and more lately the new K.K.K. Middletown. The depression. What has it all meant to the Hoosler? An interesting study and an original one. Good Americans.

Pub Date: Feb. 20th, 1941
Publisher: Bobbs-Merrill