James H. Madison of Bloomington has been awarded the 2022 Lifetime Achievement Award from the Eugene and Marilyn Glick Indiana Authors Awards.
With a career spanning more than four decades, Madison is an award-winning teacher and author who serves as the Thomas and Kathryn Miller Professor Emeritus of History at Indiana University and is an “Indiana Living Legend,” as designated by the Indiana Historical Society.
The Lifetime Achievement Award is given to an author for superior literary achievements throughout a career as part of the biennial Eugene and Marilyn Glick Indiana Authors Awards, with support from Glick Philanthropies and powered by Indiana Humanities.
“Jim has made telling Indiana’s story his life’s work, and we all are enriched by his devotion to deep and original research, vivid storytelling and candid revelations,” said Keira Amstutz, president and CEO of Indiana Humanities. “We are delighted to acknowledge the work of someone who is not only a respected historian but also a passionate believer in the power of the humanities to inform and improve Hoosiers’ lives.”
Widely recognized as one of the state’s preeminent historians, Madison has authored books delving into a wide range of Hoosier history, including: The Indiana Way: A State History (1986); Eli Lilly: A Life, 1885–1977 (1989); A Lynching in the Heartland: Race and Memory in America (2001); Slinging Doughnuts for the Boys: An American Woman in World War II (2007); and Hoosiers: A New History of Indiana (2014). His most recent book, The Ku Klux Klan in the Heartland (2020), is shortlisted in the nonfiction category of the 2022 Eugene and Marilyn Glick Indiana Authors Awards.
“Jim Madison represents what my parents wanted to highlight and celebrate when they founded the Indiana Authors Awards,” said Marianne Glick, chair of the Glick Family Foundation and daughter of Eugene and Marilyn Glick. “His work helps to show the world that Indiana’s rich literary tradition is alive and well, and it’s populated by brilliant and committed writers.”