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February 19, 2010

Assistant professor of history published in 2010 college textbook

An assistant professor of history at the University of Louisiana at Monroe is published in a new textbook on Pennsylvania history.

Dr. Roger Carpenter's article, "From Indian Women to English Children: The Lenni-Lenape and the Attempt to Create a New Diplomatic Identity," is featured in Pennsylvania History: Essays and Documents, published in January.

Carpenter's article was first published in 2007 in the journal, Pennsylvania History. It examines how the Lenni-Lenape (Delaware), Iroquois, and English used gender and kinship terms in diplomatic dialogue, according to Carpenter.

"While each side misunderstood how the others defined gender and kinship, all three adapted others' meaning, then changed those meanings in pursuit of their own self-interests," he said.

The publisher, Prentice-Hall, notes that the textbook is for history courses on Pennsylvania, and for courses in general U.S. history offered at Pennsylvania colleges and universities.

According to the publisher's web site the text "introduces students to the complexities of the modern world by investigating the wide array of peoples and interests that have defined Pennsylvania's 'pluralistic' past... (and) presents the perspectives of working historians and of the diverse people they chronicle."

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