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Richard W. Slatta
North Carolina State University (phased retirement)
|List Affiliations:||Reviewer for H-Teach
Reviewer for H-West
|Interests:||Latin American and Caribbean History / Studies
Following Peace Corps service in Panama and service with the US Army, Ft. Hood, Texas, Slatta returned to graduate school: MA at Portland (OR) State University in 1974; PhD at The University of Texas at Austin in 1980. He has since traveled and researched widely throughout the Western Hemisphere from Tandil, Argentina to Calgary, Alberta, Canada, and Kona, Hawaii (western hemisphere??). Slatta has served as historical consultant for a major video documentary: "Cowboys of the Americas" (Disney Channel, Warner Western, 1993). He appeared onscreen in "The Columbian Exchange" (WGBH-TV/PBS, 1991), "America's Horse" (ESPN, 1992), "Cowboy Tech" (History Channel, 2004) and more. Prof. Slatta with engraved NC State Jefferson cup presented upon retirement
Slatta is author or editor of 11 books. In 2008, he received the writing and publishing award from the American Cowboy Culture Association
The American Library Association and Library Journal selected The Cowboy Encyclopedia as a Best Reference Source.
[Photo: Prof. Slatta with engraved NC State Jefferson cup presented upon retirement"]
Cowboys of the Americas won the 1991 Western Heritage Award for Nonfiction Literature, given by the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum.
The Pacific Coast Council on Latin American Studies awarded his first book, Gauchos and the Vanishing Frontier the 1984 Hubert Herring Book Prize as the best book on Latin American history.
Other honors include Outstanding Intellectuals of the Twentieth Century, Outstanding People of the Twentieth Century, Who's Who in the World, and Who's Who in American Education.