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Published continuously since 1905, the Indiana Magazine of History is one of the nation's oldest historical journals. Since 1913, the IMH has been edited and published quarterly at Indiana University, Bloomington. Today, the IMH features peer-reviewed historical articles, research notes, annotated primary documents, reviews, and critical essays that contribute to public understanding of midwestern and Indiana history.


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The June 2015 issue of the Indiana Magazine of History, includes two wonderful articles.

“To Change the Face of America: Father Theodore Hesburgh and the Civil Rights Commission,” by Paul T. Murray

For fifteen years, beginning in 1957, and under the administrations of four presidents, Father Theodore Hesburgh, the president of the University of Notre Dame, served as a member of the U. S. Commission on Civil Rights. Historian Paul Murray looks at the work of the commission and how Hesburgh functioned as an important public champion of civil rights, particularly during the commission’s public hearings into the denial of voting rights to African American citizens in the Deep South. Murray also examines the ways in which Hesburgh’s commitment to equal rights found less expression on the campus of Notre Dame, until challenges from civil rights activists finally led Hesburgh to implement policy changes.

Father Hesburgh delivering an impromptu speech at Martin Luther King Jr.'s Chicago Rally, July 21, 1964 (above). At the rally's end, Hesburgh locked hands with King and other leaders and sang, "We Shall Overcome" (below).

“A Bolt of Lightning at the People of Indiana: John Bartlow Martin’s Indiana: An Interpretation,” by Ray E. Boomhower

Based on research for his recent biography of John Bartlow Martin, historian Ray Boomhower looks at the writer’s 1947 book on the state of Indiana. Martin’s critical eye, which examined the prejudices and shortcomings of the state and its people as well as its accomplishments and strengths, drew criticism from many readers, especially those from the Hoosier state. Boomhower also examines Martin’s relationship with his publisher, Alfred Knopf Sr.; he concludes by looking at the second life the book has enjoyed after its reprint in the 1990s.