Dana Ste.Claire | Author, The Cracker Culture in Florida History, Cracker Culture Historian
Dana was born in central Florida, and raised every summer of his childhood deep in the Ocala National Forest near Scrambletown. His early immersion in the Cracker way of life led to his interest in Crackers as a culture. He was one of the first historians to view Crackers this way. Ste.Claire is a former feature columnist with the Orlando Sentinel, a PBS television host (Florida Crackerbarrel), and has authored three books, including the award-winning Cracker: The Cracker Culture in Florida History and Borders of Paradise (University Press of Florida). He has been featured on The History Channel and his work has been the subject of numerous articles in magazines and newspapers such as the Wall Street Journal.
“Ste. Claire reminds us that the Cracker culture and ways offer positive legacies valuable for our present generation: self-reliance, self-sufficiency, honesty, and a simple, direct approach to people and problems.”
– Dr. James M. Denham, Florida Southern College
“Ste.Claire has given this often maligned group their just dues. Crackers aren’t only a part of Southern history … to a great extent, they are Southern history.” – Rick Tonyan, author, Guns of the Palmetto Plains (Pineapple Press).