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In Great Crossings: Indians, Settlers, and Slaves in the Age of Jackson, prize-winning historian Christina Snyder reinterprets the history of Jacksonian America. Most often, this drama focuses on whites who turned west to conquer a continent, extending "liberty" as they went. Great Crossings also includes Native Americans from across the continent seeking new ways to assert anciently-held rights and people of African descent who challenged the United States to live up to its ideals. These diverse groups met in an experimental community in central Kentucky called Great Crossings, home to the first federal Indian school and a famous interracial family. Great Crossings embodied monumental changes then transforming North America. The United States, within the span of a few decades, grew from an East Coast nation to a continental empire.

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Christina Snyder

Christina Snyder is the McCabe Greer Professor of History at Penn State University. After earning her A.B. at the University of Georgia, she completed her Ph.D. at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Snyder also held the Barra Postdoctoral Fellowship at the University of Pennsylvania's McNeil Center for Early American Studies. Professor Snyder's ongoing research explores race, slavery, and the intersection of Native American and Southern history.

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