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History Professor’s Book a Winner

An NC State professor’s book earned top honors in Kentucky.

Dr. Craig Thompson Friend won the 2011 Kentucky Governor’s Award, given once every four years for the best book related to Kentucky history.

Friend’s book, Kentucke’s Frontiers, examines the period from the 1720s, when Ohio River Valley Indians returned to their homeland, to the American defeat of the British and their Indian allies in the War of 1812.

Friend explains how frontier terror framed that heroism, undermining egalitarian promise and transforming a trans-Appalachian region into an Old South state.

The book was published in 2010 by Indiana University Press.

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