INDIANA: An Interpretation by John Bartlow Martin
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INDIANA: An Interpretation

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The author of Call It North Country with a sharply interpretative, spirited portrait of Indiana in terms of its cities and its farms, its high points of prosperity and its low points of poverty, its celebrities and its notorieties, magnates and moneymakers. Here Indiana is seen as the crossroads of America, the small town mind at its best and at its worst in a profile which goes back to its frontier drama, its hard wilderness years, the Civil War. Her golden age which began in the late 19th century as new industry brought prosperity, high, wide and handsome; the era of unrest and protest which followed and found its spokesman in Eugene Debs; Indiana today, as reflected by four men, good and bad:- Stephenson, the Grand Dragon of the KKK and his scandalous trial; Asher, publisher of the venomous, isolationist, Klannist X-Ray; Gorell, publisher of the neighborly, old time weekly; and Gates, her new governor...By no means routine regional coverage, this is a lively synthesis of places and people, traits and trends, written with considerable pungency, vitality. With the popularity of American regional material, this should rank high on the list.

Pub Date: Nov. 10th, 1947
ISBN: 0253207541
Publisher: Knopf