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Hoosiers and the American Story

Aimed at middle and high school students, the stories in Hoosiers and the American Story by James H. Madison and Lee Ann Sandweiss are written to stimulate conversation and debate. Each chapter begins with an overview highlighting main themes in American history and points to the Indiana stories that follow. The four case studies in each chapter about individuals who have shaped our state in interesting ways and everyday people and their experiences.

The chapters are richly illustrated with images and documents from a wide range of archives and libraries around Indiana and beyond. Throughout the book are sidebars highlighting interesting places that you can still visit today, such as the Turnvereine and Athenaeum in Indianapolis and New Harmony in Posey County.  Each chapter concludes with a selected bibliography of both primary and secondary source materials. Also included are student guides and activities with essential questions and two to three activities that focus on primary source material, literature and more.

Since its publication in 2014, IHS has distributed more than 50,000 free copies to teachers and students across Indiana. In 2016, the American Association for State and Local History  awarded IHS a Leadership in History Award for Hoosiers and the American Story.

Download the entire book for free here; this may take several minutes. Preview and download individual chapters from the right side of your screen.

The Franklin College Education Department created fourth grade activities and lesson plans for every chapter of Hoosiers and the American Story. Find them at the bottom of each section.

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