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October 18, 2012

ULM history professor writes new book at request of publishing company

Dr. Roger Carpenter, associate professor of history at the University of Louisiana at Monroe, recently published “American Indian History Day by Day: A Reference Guide to Events.”

ABC-CLIO—a 55-year-old publishing company that partners with leading scholars and educators to create curriculum and reference materials—approached Carpenter and asked him to write the book, which he began in 2009.

“My inspiration for writing the reference book lies in the fact that there are many things within American Indian history that are unknown, and many of the events are important and significant to all of American history,” Carpenter said.

The book lists historical events in American Indian history, and the day that each event occurred.

“The idea was to choose two events from each day and give a brief description with quotes from primary sources,” said Carpenter.

“Each event has at least two books and two websites associated with it so students can find out more. However, there were some days where nothing of any consequence seemed to happen, but then there were days—like March third, which has 11 events—when I could not simply limit the entries to just two events.”

Carpenter’s reference book will be available in November, and is currently available for pre-sale through several vendors: Books A Million, Amazon, and Abe Books.

An editorial review on the Abe Books web site called Carpenter’s reference book “a marvelous research tool.” The review also stated: “The guide's unique treatment and chronological arrangement make it easy for students to better understand specific events in Native American history and to trace broad themes across time.”

Carpenter earned a B.A. in history from the University of California San Diego, and an M.A. and Ph.D. in history from the University of California at Riverside.

Carpenter has taught in the ULM History Department since 2006.

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