Frank McCann died on Good Friday 2021, in Durham, New Hampshire, of complications from a stroke. Frank was a highly productive and widely admired historian of twentieth-century Brazil. His broad interests in history and anthropology transcended the fields for which he was best known, Brazilian military history and foreign relations. Anyone who spent any time with Frank knows that he had a lifelong fascination with the Indigenous peoples of the Americas and how their histories shaped them and the societies around them.

Frank was born and raised in Lackawanna, New York, a town then dominated by a massive Bethlehem Steel mill. He graduated cum laude in 1960 from nearby Niagara University with an AB in history. He studied US history at Kent State, earning an MA in 1962. He went on to take his PhD at Indiana University in 1967. Frank first taught as an assistant professor at the University...

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