How I Got into Chickasaw History

Wendy St. Jean

Wendy St. Jean is currently an Assistant Professor in the Department of History and Political Science at Purdue University Calumet. Her specialization in 18th and 19th-century Southeastern Native Americans began during her graduate school career at the University of Virginia. After a trip to South Carolina to find out more about the Southern Indians and discovering Nairne's Muskhogean Journals (1708), Wendy delved into her expansive and in-depth research into the Chickasaw tribe.


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My Chickasaw Studies: Formative Experiences

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Wendy St. Jean says that her road trips to Oklahoma to conduct research on the Chickasaws were formative experiences during graduate school.

The Chickasaws' Significance in the Founding of States

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Wendy St. Jean discusses the Chickasaws' significance in the founding of various American states.

Chickasaws Acted on Strategic Interests

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Wendy St. Jean discusses her master's essay, "Chickasaws: Firm Friends of the English?" and the strategic interests of the Chickasaw people.

Chickasaws Served as Frontier Guardsmen

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Wendy St. Jean explains how Squirrel King was a great hero and frontier guardsman who helped ensure that the Chickasaws were armed.