2021 / Claudio Saunt

A professor, author, and historian of early America, the U.S. South, and Native American studies, Claudio is the prize-winning author of Unworthy Republic: The Dispossession of Native Americans and the Road to Indian Territory (2020), West of the Revolution: An Uncommon History of 1776 (2014), Black, White, and Indian: Race and the Unmaking of an American Family (2005), and A New Order of Things: Property, Power, and the Transformation of the Creek Indians,1733–1816 (1999).

Claudio received his Ph.D. in Early America from Duke University in 1996 and presently works as the Richard B. Russell Professor in American History at the University of Georgia. Claudio is also the Co-Director of the Center for Virtual History and Associate Director of the Institute of Native American Studies.

In Unworthy Republic: The Dispossession of Native Americans and the Road to Indian Territory (2020), Claudio provides a multilayered account of the expulsion of Native Americans from their homes in the eastern United States to territories west of the

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