Hot off the IHS Press: 'Campaign Crossroads'
Monday, 22 May 2017 20:28

New release explores local ties to presidential visits

INDIANAPOLIS - The latest release from the Indiana Historical Society (IHS) Press looks back over the varied, sometimes important, sometimes irrelevant, but always interesting presidential campaign cycles in the state's history. 

Campaign Crossroads: Presidential Politics in Indiana from Lincoln to Obama by Andrew E. Stoner shares hundreds of anecdotes from 1860 through 2008 and includes references to Marshall, Pulaski and Starke Counties.

In a section about Ulysses S. Grant and his run for a third term as president, Campaign Crossroads mentions North Judson in Starke County and Winamac in Pulaski County as stops along the candidate's Indiana tour of 1879.

Later in the book, readers learn of Dwight Eisenhower's visit to Plymouth in 1952. Stoner writes, "Eisenhower argued for wage increases for industrial workers and made strong links between a strong industrial segment of the economy and a strong agricultural program."

The author, coming from a journalism/mass communications background, gives considerable space in the book to the coverage of Indiana media, particularly historic newspapers.

In addition, Campaign Crossroads examines how technology and transportation helped shape the political process. By taking in each of these influences, readers see an evolution that is not only altogether Hoosier, but also altogether American in its quality and importance.

For more information about Campaign Crossroads or other IHS Press offerings, call (317) 232-1882 or visit


About the Author

Andrew E. Stoner, Ph.D., is a native of Goshen, Indiana. He earned his Ph.D. from Colorado State University, his M.A. from Ball State University, and a B.A. from Franklin College of Indiana. Currently an Assistant Professor in the Department of Communication at California State University, Sacramento, he has previously taught at the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point and Indiana University-Purdue University at Indianapolis. He is the author of several books, including the biography of former Indiana Governor Frank O’Bannon, for whom he served as deputy press secretary.



 Title:                Campaign Crossroads: Presidential Politics in Indiana from Lincoln to Obama

Price:               $29.95

Pages:              567     

Illustrations:    Black and white

Size:                 8x10

Format:            Hardcover

Publication:     April 2017

ISBN:               978-0-87195-402-2