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March 2007

Release Date: March 19, 2007

Book Signing to Feature ASU History Professors

Dr. Brian D. McKnight and Dr. Gerald Betty of the Angelo State University history faculty will sign copies of their books on the Civil War and the Comanche Indians at 3:30 p.m. Thursday, March 22, in the ASU Bookstore.

McKnight, an assistant professor of history, is the author of “Contested Borderland: The Civil War in Appalachian Kentucky and Virginia." Betty, a visiting assistant professor of history, is the author of “Comanche Society: Before the Reservation.”

The book signing is sponsored by the ASU Bookstore which will provide refreshments. The bookstore is located in the Houston Harte University Center at 1910 Rosemont on the ASU campus.

“Contested Borderland” examines the impact of the struggle in a region generally overlooked by Civil War historians. McKnight said the Appalachian residents of Kentucky and Virginia “for the entirety of the war, experienced a vicious, inglorious and incredibly dangerous conflict often brought to them on their doorsteps.” His work explores this aspect of the Civil War through the public records and the personal letters and memoirs of the residents who lived through the period.

In “Comanche Society,” Betty details the kinship patterns that underlay all social organization and behavior among the Comanches and uses these insights to explain the way Comanches lived and interacted with Europeans. Betty analyzes the formation of clans, the hierarchy in family and generational relationships, and ancestor worship and related religious ceremonies, providing fresh perspectives on a people long portrayed as world-class horsemen and marauding raiders.

"Contested Borderland” is published by the University Press of Kentucky and sells for $40 in hardback. “Comanche Society” is published by Texas A&M Press with the softback retailing for $19.95.

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