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Author, Historian, Teacher

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Scott Gac is an author, historian, and teacher. At Trinity College in Connecticut, he is a Professor of History and American Studies. As Director of Trinity undergraduate and graduate programs in American Studies from 2013-2023, he oversaw curriculum, lectures, working groups, and public outreach for one of the most distinguished liberal arts American Studies endeavors. He has published on American violence in Choice, Rethinking History, and Reviews in American History. His book Born in Blood: Violence and the Making of America (Cambridge University Press, 2024) is based on his popular lecture course of the same name. His first book, Singing for Freedom (Yale Press, 2007), details interracial social activism of the pre-Civil War era through the abolitionist musicians, the Hutchinson Family Singers. In spring 2015, the Rose Ensemble staged this book in a series of performances in St. Paul, Minnesota. Professor Gac is a graduate of Columbia University, The Juilliard School, and The Graduate Center at CUNY.

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Born in Blood book covers one of history’s most violent undertakings: the United States of America. From the Revolution to the Gilded Age, forceful acts of government and civilians fostered a modern tradition. Here, in the darkest realm of American life, is an important story of nationhood told through the experiences and choices of slaves, Indians, Presidents, soldiers, and citizens. Enjoy this interview of Scott Gac and several students talking about Born in Blood. 

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