Legally Reading Book Club


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Legally Reading: A Joint Book Discussion Group

cover of "Unworthy Republic"

Legally Reading Book Discussion: Unworthy Republic by Claudio Saunt

Our next selection is "Unworthy Republic: The Dispossession of Native Americans and the Road to Indian Territory" by Claudio Saunt.  

The Legally Reading book club will meet virtually until further notice. Videoconference information will go out prior to each meeting to those who sign up.

For more information, contact Library Director Gail Wechsler at 314-622-4470 or  

Complete list of upcoming books and dates: 

Remaining books and dates for 2023-24 are:

Tuesday April 9--Unworthy Republic: The Dispossession of Native Americans and the Road to Indian Territory by Claudio Saunt

Drawing on firsthand accounts and the voluminous records produced by the federal government, Saunt’s deeply researched book argues that Indian Removal, as advocates of the policy called it, was not an inevitable chapter in U.S. expansion across the continent. Rather, it was a fiercely contested political act designed to secure new lands for the expansion of slavery and to consolidate the power of the southern states. 

Tuesday June 18--Poverty, by America by Matthew Desmond [note new date for this discussion session]

The Pulitzer Prize–winning, bestselling author of Evicted reimagines the debate on poverty, making a new and bracing argument about why it persists in America: because the rest of us benefit from it.