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Unworthy Republic


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Claudio Saunt is the Richard B. Russell Professor in American History at the University of Georgia. He is the author of award-winning books, including A New Order of Things; Black, White, and Indian; and West of the Revolution. He lives in Athens, Georgia.


"Unworthy Republic is a powerful and lucid account, weaving together events with the people who experienced them up close... Saunt has written an unflinching book that reckons with this history and its legacy." -- Jennifer Szalai - The New York Times
"[Unworthy Republic] is a major achievement... [Saunt] manages to do something truly rare: destroy the illusion that history's course is inevitable and recover the reality of the multiple possibilities that confronted contemporaries." -- Nick Romeo - The Washington Post
"[A] much-needed rendering of a disgraceful episode in American history that has been too long misunderstood." -- Peter Cozzens - The Wall Street Journal
"Unworthy Republic is a study in power. It describes, in detail, the coming together of money, rhetoric, political ambition, and white-supremacist idealism. Saunt shows his readers the cost of a racial caste system in the United States." -- David Treuer - Foreign Affairs
"[Unworthy Republic] is a haunting story of racialized cruelty and greed, which came to define a pivotal period in U.S. and indigenous history alike... As Saunt persuasively observes, we have yet to reckon with them today." -- Caitlin Fitz
"One of the most important books published on U.S. history in recent years and should be required reading for all Americans." -- Sven Beckert, Laird Bell Professor of History, Harvard University, author of Empire of Cotton

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