OAH Distinguished Lecturer Profile

OAH Distinguished Lectureship program 40 years 1981-2021

James H. Madison

Portrait of James H. Madison

James H. Madison is an emeritus professor of history at Indiana University. His most recent books are A Lynching in the Heartland: Race and Memory in America (2001), Slinging Doughnuts for the Boys: An American Woman in World War II (2007), World War II: A History in Documents (2010), Hoosiers: A New History of Indiana (2014), and The Ku Klux Klan in the Heartland (2020).


NEW IN 2020: The Ku Klux Klan in the Heartland (Indiana University Press)



Featured Lecture

OAH Lectures

This illustrated talk with focus on the Ku Klux Klan in the 1920s but venture more broadly across time and space to earlier and later Klan organizations and to wider issues of exclusion, hatred, and American ideals to the twenty-first century.
Elizabeth Richardson served with the American Red Cross in England and France during WWII. Her intelligence and commitment gave her different perspective on war. She died in France in 1945 and is one of four women buried in the American Cemetery in Normandy.
Jim Madison will present an overview of Indiana's past--from Hoosier pioneers, through the Civil War, to the 21st century. His illustrated talk will highlight connections between past and present and help us think about our future.
In August 1930, a mob broke out of the county jail three African American teenagers. lynching two of them. No one was punished for this vigilante crime. This illustrated talk with move from the details of one of American's most horrible lynchings to broader questions of race and memory.