The Birth of a New American State: Indiana


This conference on the bicentennial of the state of Indiana discussed the foundational elements of American constitutional liberty and treated the territorial history of Indiana and its organization. It included a discussion of the Constitution of 1816 and elements of it that survive in the Indiana Constitution of 1850.


Conference Readings

Frohnen, Bruce P., eds. The American Republic: Primary Sources. Indianapolis: Liberty Fund, Inc., 2002.

Gallatin, Albert. The Writings of Albert Gallatin. Edited by Henry Adams. Philadelphia: Lippincott, 1879. http://oll.libertyfund.org/title/1951 (accessed September 25, 2013).

Thornbrough, Gayle and Dorothy Riker, eds. Journals of the General Assembly of the Indiana Territory, 1805–1815. Indianapolis: Indiana Historical Bureau, 1950.

Badollet, John and Albert Gallatin. The Correspondence of John Badollet and Albert Gallatin, 1804-1836. Edited by Gayle Thornbrough. Indianapolis: Indiana Historical Society, 1963.

Findley, William. A Review of the Revenue System Adopted by the First Congress under the Federal Constitution. Philadelphia: T. Dobson, 1794.

Franklin, Benjamin. Observations Concerning the Increase of Mankind, Peopling of Countries, Etc. [1751]. Boston: S. Kneeland, 1755.

Franklin, Benjamin. “The Interest of Great Britain Considered, With Regard to Her Colonies (selections) [1760] .” National Humanities Center. http://nationalhumanitiescenter.org/pds/becomingamer/ (Accessed August 15, 2016).

Hamilton, Alexander, “Public Lands: Report of a Uniform System for the Disposition of the Lands (communicated to the House of Representatives, July 22, 1790)” In The Works of Alexander Hamilton, (Federal Edition), Volume 8, edited by Henry Cabot Lodge, 87-94. New York: G.P. Putnam’s Sons, 1904.

Harrison, William Henry. Governors Messages and Letters: William Henry Harrison, Volume I. Edited by Logan Esarey. Indianapolis: Indiana Historical Society, 1922.

Hawkins, Hubert H. Indiana’s Road to Statehood. Indianapolis: Indiana Historical Bureau, 1969.

Kettleborough, Charles. Constitution Making in Indiana: A Source Book of Constitutional Documents. Indianapolis: Indiana Historical Commission, 1916.

Ramsay, David. A Dissertation on the Manner of Acquiring the Character and Privileges of a Citizen of the United States. Charleston: ?, 1789.

Tucker, St. George. Cautionary Hints to Congress Respecting the Sale of the Western Lands, Belonging to the United States. Philadelphia: Lang and Ustick, 1796.

Documentary History of the First Federal Congress of the United States of America, 4 March 1879 - 3 March 1791 [Volume XVI: Correspondence, First Session: June-August 1789]. Baltimore, London: The John Hopkins University Press, 2004.