What exactly is a 'Cracker'? An entertaining, informative look at a slice of old Florida culture. For over 200 years scholars have attempted to define the Crackers, but their name is as elusive as their nature, their character as tough as Florida's hardscrabble countryside, and any real Cracker will tell you that's just the way they like it. Part history, part folklore, Cracker is a generously illustrated account of Cracker heritage, its rich history, and its disappearance as today's fast-paced society reaches even into the remote backwoods of the state. From the language they spoke to the houses they built, from clandestine moonshine stills and cowhunting to 'grits and gravy,' Dana Ste. Claire offers a colorful and revealing tour of Crackerdom.
Dana Ste. Claire is former curator of history and a professional archaeologist at the Museum of Arts and Sciences in Daytona Beach. His other books include A History of Florida Through New World Maps (UPF) and True Natives: Florida's First People.