John Suval will discuss his new book from Oxford University Press, Dangerous Ground: Squatters, Statesmen, and the Antebellum Rupture of American Democracy. The book underscores how Jacksonian Democrats’ dangerous flirtation with squatters faced pushback at every turn, from the armed resistance of Mexico, the Seminoles, and Sacs, to the deft political maneuvers of the Cherokees and Potawatomis, to the resilience and creativity of Frank and Lucy McWorter, an enslaved couple who secured their freedom and founded a frontier town.
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Tuesday | 2022 at noon
PRESENTER BIO: John Suval is a historian of the 19th-century U.S., specializing in Jacksonian political culture and the American West. He earned his Ph.D. from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.
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"Lunch With Books" is the library’s flagship program for adult patrons. These lunchtime programs feature authors, poets, musicians, historians, and more every Tuesday at noon. Bring lunch (to the Library Auditorium or your computer), feed your brain!