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The Three-Cornered War: The Union, the Confederacy, and Native Peoples in the Fight for the West
Megan Kate Nelson reveals the fascinating history of the Civil War in the American West. Exploring the connections among the Civil War, the Indian wars, and western expansion, Nelson reframes the era as one of national conflict—involving not just the North and South, but also the West. Against the backdrop of this larger series of battles, Nelson introduces us to nine charismatic individuals who fought for self-determination and control of the region. Through the personal stories of these figures, Nelson sheds light on an overlooked chapter of American history.

Jun 17, 2020 05:30 PM in Eastern Time (US and Canada)

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Megan Kate Nelson
Historian, Author
Megan Kate Nelson is a writer and historian living in Lincoln, Massachusetts. She has written about the Civil War, US western history, and American culture for The New York Times, The Washington Post, Smithsonian Magazine, Preservation Magazine, and Civil War Monitor. Nelson earned her BA in history and literature from Harvard University and her PhD in American Studies from the University of Iowa, and she has taught at Texas Tech University, Cal State Fullerton, Harvard, and Brown. Nelson is the author of The Three-Cornered War, Ruin Nation, and Trembling Earth.
Kanisorn Wongsrichanalai
Director of Research @Massachusetts Historical Society
Kanisorn Wongsrichanalai is Director of Research at the Massachusetts Historical Society. He was Associate Professor of History at Angelo State University before moving to the MHS. He authored Northern Character: College-Educated New Englanders, Honor, Nationalism, and Leadership in the Civil War Era (2016) and co-edited So Conceived and So Dedicated: Intellectual Life in the Civil War-Era North (2015).