Hoosiers on the Home Front
Published by: Indiana University Press
Wars are fought on the home front as well as the battlefront. Spouses, family, friends, and communities are called upon to sacrifice and persevere in the face of a changed reality. Hoosiers on the Home Front explores the lives and experiences of ordinary Hoosiers from around Indiana who were left to fight at home during wartimes.
Drawn from the rich holdings of the Indiana Magazine of History, a journal of state and midwestern history published since 1905, this collection includes original diaries, letters and memoirs, and research essays—all focused on Hoosiers on the home front of the Civil War through the Vietnam War.
Readers will meet, among others, Joshua Jones of the 19th Indiana Volunteer Regiment and his wife, Celia; Attia Porter, a young resident of Corydon, Indiana, writing to her cousin about Morgan's Raid; Civil War and World War I veterans who came into conflict over the Indianapolis 500 and Memorial Day observances; Virginia Mayberry, a wife and mother on the World War II home front; and university students and professors—including antiwar activist Howard Zinn and conservative writer R. Emmett Tyrrell Jr.—clashing over the Vietnam War.
Hoosiers on the Home Front offers a compelling glimpse of how war impacts everyone, even those who never saw the front line.
"Absent So long from those I love": The Civil War Letters of Joshua Jones
Democratic Attitudes in Johnson County during the Civil War Era: A Look at the Demaree Papers
Recollections of Morgan's Raid
The Battle of Corydon
"This Just Hope of Ultimate Payment": The Indiana Morgan's Raid Claims Commission and Harrison County, Indiana, 1863–1887
The Grand Army of the Republic, the Indianapolis 500, and the Struggle for Memorial Day in Indiana, 1868–1923
The War against German-American Culture: The Removal of German-Language Instruction from the Indianapolis Schools, 1917–1919
Draftee's Wife: A Memoir of World War II
Education Denied: Indiana University's Japanese American Ban, 1942 to 1945
"Patriotism May Require Opposing the Government at Certain Times": Howard Zinn's Antiwar Speech at Indiana University, December 1, 1967
The Other Side of Campus Indiana University's Student Right and the Rise of National Conservatism
Hoosiers on the Home Front is a timely reminder of the nuanced dilemmas we face in defining "patriotism" in times of crisis. The spectrum of Indiana voices from the Civil War to Vietnam speaks loudly to all Americans grappling with the complex political and social challenges posed by war.~Tracy Campbell, E. Vernon Smith and Eloise C. Smith Professor, University of Kentucky