History Organization Ranks Texas Tech University Professor’s Book in Top 100

DATE: April 14, 2006
CONTACT: John Davis, john.w.davis@ttu.edu

LUBBOCK – A book written by the director of The Texas Tech Center for the Southwest was selected by Westerners International as one of The 100 Most Outstanding Non-Fiction Books On the American West Published During the 20th Century.

Paul H. Carlson’s book, “The Plains Indians,” was selected as the most outstanding book for 1998. An outstanding book was chosen for each year between 1901 and 2001.

The book is a history of the American Indians who inhabited the Great Plains from Canada to Mexico. It covers their background, society and religion, economies and horse-and-bison cultures. Carlson explains their relations among tribes and relations with Spanish, French, English, and American traders and soldiers. The book delves into trade, war, peace and ultimately the placement of Indians on reservations. It was published in 1998 by Texas A&M University Press.

Westerners International consists of professional and amateur historians interested in the history of the American West. The organization has chapters in 28 states, Canada, Mexico, 11 European countries and Japan.

“The Plains Indians” was a History Book Club selection in 1999. It was translated into a French edition in 2004, and it is being translated into Polish for possible publication in Poland.


CONTACT: Paul Carlson, director of The Texas Tech Center for the Southwest, (806) 742-5959, (806) 742-1004, ext. 225 or paul.carlson@ttu.edu.