Entries Tagged 'Uncategorized' ↓

#3 Taking a Shot for American Sporting Thirst


Marissa and Sophia are both students at Butler University. Marissa is studying Sociology with specialization in Social Work and Social Policy. Sophia is studying Anthropology and Religion. In the history class they took part in this past semester there was a focus on the prison industrial complex system and the injustice that came as a result of it. As a project for this class, all the students had to research Hoosier prisoners from the late 19th and early 20th century and what came of their lives due to the prison system.

Description of Podcast

In this episode of ““Forgotten: Life Histories of Indian Prisoners” there is a detailed analysis of three main issues; gun violence, alcoholism, and sporting man culture. By examining these key issues, we can have a better understanding of what goes on behind the act of committing a crime, in today’s time and back 150 years ago when the prisoners that were researched for this class committed their crimes.

The issue of gun violence has been subjected to criticism since the birth of the US nation. Ever since the concept of “the right to bear arms” became a constitutional law there has been a debate over who is permitted to and not to mention the controversy over when is the appropriate time to actually use the gun. When it comes to the topics of alcohol and alcoholism there needs to be a review of the alcohol laws that the state of Indiana has put in place over the course of history along with national laws pertaining to alcohol. The last topic that will be talked about in this episode is the subject of sporting man culture. As it will be described in the podcast, sporting man culture revolves around men living hedonistic lifestyles in the 19th century.

Sources (MLA)

Alexander, Michelle, and Cornel West. The New Jim Crow. New York, The New Press, 2012.

Burns, Ken and Lynn Novick, directors. Roots of ProhibitionPBS, Public Broadcasting Service, www.pbs.org/kenburns/prohibition/.

Chalfant, Harry M. “The Anti-Saloon League-Why and What?” The Annals of the American Academy of Political and Social Science, vol. 109, 1923, pp. 279–283. JSTOR, JSTOR, www.jstor.org/stable/1015015.

Clark, Perry R. Barred Progress: Indiana Prison Reform, 1880-1920. Diss. 2008.

Davis, Angela Y. Are prisons obsolete?. Seven Stories Press, 2011.

Foucault, Michel. “Illegalities and Delinquency”. Discipline And Punish: The Birth of the Prison. Pantheon Books, New York, pp. 226-233.

Lobel, Cindy R. Urban appetites: Food and culture in nineteenth-century New York. University of Chicago Press, 2014.

Madison, James H. Hoosiers: a New History of Indiana. Indiana University Press, 2016.

Hedeen, Jane. “The Road to Prohibition in Indiana.” Prohibition, Indiana Historical Society , 2011, indianahistory.org/wp-content/uploads/1d7d71dfbb39529a736fdba5279a5ba9.pdf.

Spitzer, Robert J. “Gun law history in the United States and Second Amendment rights.” Law & Contemp. Probs. 80 (2017): 55.

#4 Drunken Madness


My name is Henry and I am currently a junior at Butler University where I am studying Middle/Secondary Education as well as Special Education.  In this articular class we studied effects of the prison industrial system that has developed here in the United States over the past centuries.  We chose to focus on the Hoosier stories that may have went untold.

Description of Podcast:

In this episode of “Forgotten: Life Stories of Indiana Prisoners,” I focus on the relationship that the people of Indiana had with alcohol in the late 19th century in comparison to today’s drinking scene.  I chose to focus on tow particular stories that I found to exemplify what was taking place during this time.  Two men, Frank Siple and Edward Taylor found themselves in prison for murders they both claim not to have committed.

I have chosen to examine their situation and even consider what it may have looked like if alcohol were absent.  I think you’ll find that things may have went down very differently had there been no alcohol involved.  It also addresses the regularity and impact alcohol usage had on folks in Indiana in the late 19th century.


“2018 Alcoholism Statistics You Need to Know.” Talbott Recovery, Patti Richards, 23 Oct. 2018, talbottcampus.com/alcoholism-statistics/.

“Alcohol Facts and Statistics.” National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Aug. 2018, www.niaaa.nih.gov/alcohol-health/overview-alcohol-consumption/alcohol-facts-and-statistics.

“CDC – Data and Maps – Alcohol.” Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, IN.gov, www.cdc.gov/alcohol/data-stats.htm.

Dee Yan-Key. “Dark Days.” 28 Oct. 2018, freemusicarchive.org/music/Dee_Yan-Key/years_and_years_ago/10–Dee_Yan-Key-Dark_Days.

“Header.” DNR: Aquatic Invasive Species – Fish and Vertebrates, IN.gov, 2018, www.in.gov/iara/2810.htm.

“Newspapers.com Search.” Newspapers.com, The Philadelphia Inquirer, www.newspapers.com/search/#query=Edward Taylor&dr_year=1831-1901&p_place=IN

“Frank Siple Goes to Prison for the Murder of Franklin. P. Smith.” Newspapers.com, The Jasper Weekly Corrier, www.newspapers.com/image/72148964/?terms=frank siple.

#5 Sounds of Silence: Violence in the Physical and the Archives


My name is Grant Harris and I am a senior at Butler University. I have been studying history for the last four years. In the past I have done research and written papers on gender dynamics in different time periods and situations. Previously I have examined gender dynamics in rural Missouri during the Civil War as well as the Black Panther Party. For this class I have moved to now look at late 1800s and early 1900s Indiana and the gender structures that exist.

Description of Podcast

This episode examines two crimes that we came across throughout the class. We look at Cyrus Brown’s murder of his wife Amanda Brown and the murder E.E Gray committed against a woman he was having an affair with, Lizzie Skinner. The purpose for looking at these two cases is to further an understanding of the gender dynamics that existed in late 1800s and early 1900s Indiana.

What was found through the research and studying of these cases along with other examples was an overwhelming lack of representation of women in the records and this in some ways silenced them from history. The archives act as a complicated and extremely powerful space that can at times have aspects of violence to it. In this episode I argue that women in this time and place were silenced by the physical violence they experienced but also silenced in the records.

Further, when looking at the way the crimes were written about, either in the newspapers or from the perspective of the man who committed the crime it lends itself to a deeper understanding of the gender dynamics. In the podcast I explore those themes and relate them to present day issues.

Sources [MLA]

“Brown Sentenced to Hang.” Hope Republican 21 December 1893. Hoosier State Chronicles.

“New Trial for Cyrus Brown.” Indianapolis News 4 April 1894. Hoosier State Chronicles.

“Murderer Brown’s Burial Place.” Daily Geencastle Banner and Times 5 March 1894. Hoosier State Chronicles.

“The News Condensed.” The Greencastel Democrat 23 February 1895. Hoosier State Chronicles.

“Local Brevities.” Marshall County Independent 6 January 1899. Hoosier State Chronicles.

“Bloomfield’s Tragedy.” Bloomington Press 3 January 1899. Hoosier State Chronicles.

“Dr. E.E Gray Murderer.” The Indianapolis Journal 6 May 1899. Newspaper.com

“Threaten to Lynch a Doctor.” Logansport Pharos-Tribune 31 Dec 1898. Newspaper.com

“Dr. Gray’s Defense.” The Bremen Enquirer 19 May 1899. Newspaper.com

“Gets Life Sentence.” The Tribune 22 May 1899. Newspaper.com

“Dr. Gray Murder Trial.” Princeton Clarion-Leader 6 May 1899. Newspaper.com

“The Evidence.” The Republic 13 December 1893. Newspaper.com  

“Pardon One Man Refuse Another.” The Evening Republic 12 July 1910. Newspaper.com

“The Life of Cyrus Brown in the Hands of Twelve of His Countrymen.” The Republic 15 Dec 1893. Newspaper.com

Ritchie, Andrea J. Invisible No More: Police Violence Against Black Women and Women of Color. Bacon Press. 2017.

Dee Yan-Key. “Dark Days.” 28 Oct. 2018,

#6 Anything but Evidence: Circumstance as Proof


My name is Sarah and I am a student at Butler University. I am studying Middle/Secondary Education and Spanish. In this class, I have studied various Hoosier prisoners and the effects of the prison industrial system in the United States throughout history.

Description of Podcast

This episode focuses on the problems with convicting innocent people, and relying or circumstantial evidence to put a person behind bars. In this episode, the two prisoners discussed are Joseph W. Plew of the late 1800s and early 1900s, and Kevin Cooper  of present day. Both men were convicted of crimes that they claimed to be innocent of, fought/are still fighting for their freedom. This podcast episode also lays out how these convictions can affect not only those sentenced, but anyone involved in the case, along with the problems within the U.S. justice system that allow for these things to happen.

Joseph Plew was convicted of the murder of Henry Durham and his child, and was accused of also attacking Mrs. Durham. He spent almost 50 years in prison before being released. There is little evidence in the case, and while Plew was found guilty and identified as such during the trial, he was later thought of to be innocent.

Kevin Cooper has been sitting on death row for 30 years on four counts of murder, and one count of attempted murder. While Cooper has been convicted of crimes in the past, he remains stern in the fact that he is innocent of the murders. The evidence presented in court during the trial in the 1980s has since been found to be planted and tampered with. Cooper is still awaiting further DNA testing that could prove his innocence.

Sources: (MLA)

Alexander, Michelle. The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness. The New Press, 2012.

Barbaro, Michael. “Listen to ‘The Daily’: Was Kevin Cooper Framed for Murder?” The New York Times, The New York Times, 30 May 2018, www.nytimes.com/2018/05/30/podcasts/the-daily/kevin-cooper-death-row.html.

Barone, Emily. “Exonerations: Falsely Accused Freed at Highest Rates.” Time.com, Time, time.com/wrongly-convicted/.

BBC Sound Effects Archive Resource • Research & Education Space, BBC, bbcsfx.acropolis.org.uk/.

Dee Yan-Key. “Dark Days.” 28 Oct. 2018, freemusicarchive.org/music/Dee_Yan-Key/years_and_years_ago/10–Dee_Yan-Key-Dark_Days.

DeLucco, Mary Kate. “Voices: Kevin Cooper.” Death Penalty Focus, 31 May 2018, deathpenalty.org/blog/voices-kevin-cooper/.

“DNA Exonerations in the United States.” Innocence Project, www.innocenceproject.org/dna-exonerations-in-the-united-states/.

Galliani, Michelle, et al. “’They Framed Me’: On Death Row for Decades, Kevin Cooper Pushes for New DNA Tests in Chino Hills Murders.” Los Angeles Times, 8 July 2018, www.innocenceproject.org/dna-exonerations-in-the-united-states/

Gross, Samuel R. “The Staggering Number of Wrongful Convictions in America.” The Washington Post, WP Company, 24 July 2015, www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/the-cost-of-convicting-the-innocent/2015/07/24/260fc3a2-1aae-11e5-93b7-5eddc056ad8a_story.html?noredirect=on&utm_term=.6c910c57529b.

“Kevin Cooper (Prisoner).” Wikepedia, 10 Nov. 2018, en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kevin_Cooper_(prisoner)#Chino_Hills_murders_and_arrest.

“Joseph Plew The Murderer.” Newspapers.com, The Philadelphia Inquirer, 17 Feb. 1887, www.newspapers.com/clip/1324036/joseph_plew_the_murderer/.

“MANY ASK FOR CLEMENCY OF STATE PARDON BOARD.” Indianapolis Star (1907-1922), Jan 09 1911, p. 7. ProQuest. Web. 10 Dec. 2018 . https://search.proquest.com/docview/756430139?accountid=9807

Marx, Karl, and David F. Greenberg. “On Capital Punishment: Readings in Marxist Criminology.” Crime and Capitalism, Temple University Press, pp. 55–56.

“SEEK PAROLE FOR PLEW.” The Indianapolis Morning Star (1903-1907), Jul 27 1905, p. 5. ProQuest. Web. 10 Dec. 2018 . https://search.proquest.com/docview/751512745?accountid=9807

Special to The, Indianapolis S. “TRUSTY MAKES PLEA FOR PRISON RELEASE.” Indianapolis Star (1907-1922), Aug 08 1913, p. 4. ProQuest. Web. 10 Dec. 2018 . https://search.proquest.com/hnpindianapolisstarshell/docview/755704749/B72BF0ACCB04298PQ/1?accountid=9807

Prison Lifer Statement: Joseph W Plew, No. 30 (Indiana State Archives)