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The Ku Klux Klan in the Heartland
Join the Marion County Historical Society via Zoom on Sunday, November 15, 2020 at 2 p.m. when renowned Indiana historian James Madison will share insights from his latest book, The Ku Klux Klan in the Heartland, which examines the roots of the Invisible Empire in respectable white Protestant society and its development and operations in Indiana and the Midwest.
Convinced that America was heading in the wrong direction because of undesirable "un-American" elements, the Ku Klux Klan sought to identify "Who is an American" by utilizing intimidation, religious belief, violence, and the ballot box to grip the Heartland in the 1920s, leaving a legacy with on-going implications for America today.
Dr. James H. Madison is the author of many books, including Hoosiers: A New History of Indiana. He is the Thomas & Kathryn Miller Professor of History Emeritus, Indiana University, Bloomington. Dr. Madison began teaching history in 1976 and has lectured and consulted widely on Indiana topics.
The Ku Klux Klan in the Heartland is published by Indiana University Press.
The Marion County Historical Society (MCHS) is a non-profit organization that was established in 1961 for all those interested in the history and culture of Marion County, Indiana. It was originally formed to advocate for historically significant architecture in downtown Indianapolis, but it now also includes programs and activities that explore and preserve our local heritage.
Through a variety of programs, conferences, grants, and publications, MCHS works to develop community awareness of our past and its impact on the present and future. Recent past programs have included:
Unigov: The Creation of Modern Indianapolis
The Mansions of Marian University
2021 Indianapolis Bicentennial Celebration Plan
The 1918 Pandemic: Indianapolis Confronts the Spanish Influenza
The Extraordinary Life of Janet Flanner
The History of Bobbs-Merrill Company
Board of Directors
President: William L. McNiece, Ph.D.
Secretary: Stephen Lane II
Treasurer: Bill Beck
Ray E. Brown, Jr.
Carol A. Hall
Website: Carl Bates
Marion County Historical Society
P.O. Box 2223
Indianapolis, IN 46206
Marion County Historian:
Please direct your questions to us about Marion County, Indiana local history only. We are not a genealogy society and we have no holdings or archives. For genealogy information, please contact the Indiana Genealogy Society or the Genealogical Society of Marion County.
The Indiana State Library can help you with obituaries and information from old newspapers. Other sources to contact are the Indiana Historical Society and the vertical files in the Indianapolis Public Library branches.
Looking for information on the city of Marion, Indiana? Try the Grant County Historical Society.
To join the Marion County Historical Society, go here.