Moment of Indiana History

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Indiana's Second Poet Laureate

Hoosier Poet Laureate Norbert Krapf's love of place runs throughout many of his writings.

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Suddenly, Last Summer (In Lafayette)

In 1849, no one knew what caused cholera--a miasma in the air emanating from filth in the street,or living a life that was dissolute or intemperate

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Remembering The Show On The Road

At the turn of the last century, traveling chautauquas brought rural and small town residents cultural entertainment with a religious component.

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Win-Win: The Mutual Ascent Of Basketball And Radio

And when station owners went looking for popular programming that would draw fans and encourage advertisers, they discovered that one sure bet was basketball.

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A Motorcade Fit For A Prince

cars started up and headed west out of the city. The first challenge came when the cars "stopped to get ready for the high hills" west of the White River.

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An Ignominious Governorship

On Governor David Wallace's watch, the internal improvements program bankrupted the state and the Potowatomi Indians were exiled to Kansas by armed militia.

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Advocating For Better Schools

in 1840, 1 in every 10 white citizens in Indiana above the age of 21 could neither read nor write, an illiteracy rate matching that of Mississippi.

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Indiana's Canal Debacle

In September 1853, the southern section of the Wabash and Erie Canal finally opened for business. By the early 1850s

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Indiana's First First Lady

Anna Symmes Harrison had not yet made it to Washington when her husband gave his inaugural address. As she prepared to leave, she received news of his death.

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A Woman's Judgment

Although Ohio elected a woman to its supreme court in 1922, it was not until 1995 that Indiana would see a woman sitting on its highest state court.

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