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ANDREA NEAL: Slavery existed in 'free' Indiana's early days

ANDREA NEAL: Slavery existed in 'free' Indiana's early days

Although the state Constitution expressly prohibited it, slavery existed in early Indiana. Two court cases filed by enslaved black women put an end to the practice.

April 09, 2014 12:00 am
ANDREA NEAL: Jennings led Indiana from territory to state

ANDREA NEAL: Jennings led Indiana from territory to state

In the rough-and-tumble world of frontier politics, Jonathan Jennings experienced the highest of highs and the lowest of lows.

March 26, 2014 5:25 am
ANDREA NEAL: Indiana's birthdate is Dec. 11, 1816

ANDREA NEAL: Indiana's birthdate is Dec. 11, 1816

It’s a date every Hoosier should know: Dec. 11, 1816. On that day, Indiana became the 19th state.

March 12, 2014 12:00 am
ANDREA NEAL: Indiana's framers met under an elm

ANDREA NEAL: Indiana's framers met under an elm

James Madison, Benjamin Franklin and colleagues spent almost four months debating, writing and editing the document that would become the U.S. Constitution. It took James Brownlee, Benjamin Parke and associates only 18 days to write Indiana’s.

February 26, 2014 12:00 am
ANDREA NEAL: Lack of historical knowledge taints public debate

ANDREA NEAL: Lack of historical knowledge taints public debate

It’s little wonder that today’s political discourse is polarized. The folks doing most of the arguing know so little about the past that they cannot justify their views with historical evidence or data. So they appeal to emotion, name calling, stereotypes and hyperbole.

February 19, 2014 12:00 am
ANDREA NEAL: Indiana years shaped Abe Lincoln

ANDREA NEAL: Indiana years shaped Abe Lincoln

Three states claim Abraham Lincoln as a favorite son, but only Indiana can take credit for his formative years. 

February 12, 2014 12:00 am
ANDREA NEAL: Harmonists sought to create perfect society near Evansville

ANDREA NEAL: Harmonists sought to create perfect society near Evansville

For one shining moment in the early 19th century, a group called the Harmonists achieved utopia on the Wabash River. Two hundred years later, their experiment continues to inspire visitors to New Harmony, Ind.

January 29, 2014 12:00 am
ANDREA NEAL: Frontier violence at Pigeon Roost

ANDREA NEAL: Frontier violence at Pigeon Roost

On Sept. 3, 1812, a Native American war party killed more than 20 settlers living in a wooded outpost near present-day Scottsburg. Motivated by bounties offered by the British, the perpetrators scalped women and children, torched their log cabins and left the village in ashes.

January 15, 2014 12:00 am
ANDREA NEAL: Battle of Tippecanoe ended Native American dream

ANDREA NEAL: Battle of Tippecanoe ended Native American dream

In the drizzling pre-dawn rain of Nov. 7, 1811, on high ground near modern-day Lafayette, Gen. William Henry Harrison squashed Tecumseh’s dream of an Indian confederacy that could resist the white man’s westward advances.

January 01, 2014 12:00 am
ANDREA NEAL: Swiss created first commercial winery in Indiana

ANDREA NEAL: Swiss created first commercial winery in Indiana

In 1796, John James Dufour left his native Switzerland to seek a new life and opportunity in the United States. Less than a decade later, he opened the country’s first successful winemaking business – in southeastern Indiana.

December 18, 2013 12:00 am
ANDREA NEAL: Lewis, Clark joined forces here

ANDREA NEAL: Lewis, Clark joined forces here

In 1803, President Thomas Jefferson asked Meriwether Lewis to lead an exploration of the Louisiana Territory in search of a Northwest Passage. Lewis invited William Clark to join him. It would become one of the most famous partnerships in history, and it started in Indiana.

December 04, 2013 12:00 am
ANDREA NEAL: William Henry Harrison shaped Indiana from Vincennes

ANDREA NEAL: William Henry Harrison shaped Indiana from Vincennes

History remembers William Henry Harrison as the first president to die in office. Hoosiers should remember him as the man who shaped the Indiana Territory.

November 20, 2013 12:00 am
New measure to grade schools clears first hurdle

New measure to grade schools clears first hurdle

INDIANAPOLIS | The State Board of Education reluctantly approved the framework of a new A-F school grading system Wednesday to meet a legal deadline, but members insisted there remains much work to be done before the revised accountability model is ready to be used.

November 13, 2013 1:20 pm Photos

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ANDREA NEAL: Little Turtle led in war, peace

ANDREA NEAL: Little Turtle led in war, peace

For 30 years he was a dominating figure on the Indiana frontier, at first resisting the white man’s encroachment and later giving in to the inevitable. The historian Calvin Young called him “one of the greatest Indian chiefs of all time.”

November 06, 2013 12:00 am

Ritz: Suit has nothing to do with politics, only procedure

INDIANAPOLIS | The personal and political hostility that has, at times, disrupted and distracted the State Board of Education over the past nine months could hit a new high next week.

October 27, 2013 11:15 pm
ANDREA NEAL: Hoosier values shaped by Northwest Ordinance

ANDREA NEAL: Hoosier values shaped by Northwest Ordinance

Indiana's political values, moral compass and physical boundaries were shaped by the Northwest Ordinance of 1787.

October 22, 2013 5:45 pm
ANDREA NEAL: George Rogers Clark turned Indiana into U.S. soil

ANDREA NEAL: George Rogers Clark turned Indiana into U.S. soil

If not for George Rogers Clark, we Hoosiers might snack on scones with jam and clotted cream and speak with cockney accents.

October 09, 2013 12:00 am
ANDREA NEAL: Indiana's first congregation is thriving in Vincennes

ANDREA NEAL: Indiana's first congregation is thriving in Vincennes

Roman Catholics claim bragging rights to Indiana’s oldest church. Jesuit missionaries visited the French fort at Vincennes within months of its establishment in 1732. A resident priest, Sebastian Meurin, arrived in 1748. People have been worshiping at St. Francis Xavier Church ever since.

September 25, 2013 12:00 am
ANDREA NEAL: Migrating bison created first Hoosier highway

ANDREA NEAL: Migrating bison created first Hoosier highway

Bison made Indiana’s first highway. It started at the Falls of the Ohio near modern-day Clarksville, where the beasts came together to cross the Ohio River at its shallowest point. It ended near Vincennes, where they scattered to graze on Illinois prairie grass.

September 11, 2013 12:00 am
ANDREA NEAL: 'On the Banks of the Wabash,' history happened

ANDREA NEAL: 'On the Banks of the Wabash,' history happened

Storied in literature and song, the Wabash is Indiana’s most important river.

August 28, 2013 12:00 am
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