Text Examines Early Relations With Native Americans

Jan 30, 2015

Dr. Roger Carpenter's new textbook examines three centuries of contact between Native Americans and Europeans.
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Dr. Roger Carpenter, associate professor of history at the University of Louisiana at Monroe, is celebrating the release of his fourth book, “Times are Altered with us.” The newest title—part of the Wiley-Blackwell Native American Series—takes a look at the first three centuries of relationships between Native Americans and Europeans.

Carpenter was approached by Andrew Davidson of Wiley-Blackwell and asked to provide the historical text. The company previously released “Farewell My Nation” by Philip Weeks, which deals with the nineteenth century, and “We are Still Here,” by Peter Iverson, which covers the period from 1890 to the end of the twentieth century.

“Wiley-Blackwell did not have a work that comprehensively covered the period from contact to the end of the eighteenth century,” said Carpenter. “When Andrew Davidson asked if I would be interested, I said yes.”

Carpenter intertwines the textbook style structure with narrative and cartouche illustrations. He visited numerous government and university libraries to conduct research, including the Boston Public Library, the University of Pittsburgh, and the Library of Congress.

The new text features many illustrations from the cartouche, or legend, of maps drawn by early American explorers.
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“The difficult part was not research, it was deciding what to include in work that spanned the first three centuries of contact between native people and Europeans, and their early relations with the nascent United States,” said Carpenter.

“Times are Altered with us” is a culmination of three years of work. Carpenter lost a significant amount of information after a computer glitch, but stayed positive about the experience.

He said, “I lost a year when my computer died. After that, I learned that the cloud is your friend.”

Carpenter is currently working on a book which examines society in Plymouth Colony through the life of George Soule, one of the lesser known Mayflower pilgrims.

“Times are Altered with us” can be purchased through various retailers, including Wiley-Blackwell Publishing and Amazon.