Dennis L. Peterson, a resident of Taylors, South Carolina, is an independent author and historian with a wide range of published credits in a variety of publications, including Confident Living, Christian Library Journal, The Wesleyan Advocate, Total Health, Blue Ridge Country, Scouting, The Writer, The Elks Magazine, Journal for Christian Educators, Christian Home & School, Homeschooling Today, Leben, World at War, The Freeman, Smoky Mountain Living, and many others. His work has been reprinted in several textbooks and anthologies, including The Writer’s Handbook (The Writer, Inc.), The Shape of Ideas (Harcourt Brace), and The Spirit of Freedom: Essays in American History (Foundation for Economic Education).
Holding a B.S. degree in social studies education with the equivalent of a minor in Bible and an M.S. degree in educational administration with 18 credit hours in additional history studies, Peterson is a former junior high/high school history and Bible teacher and a history curriculum writer. His areas of special interest include Bible, Southern history, the Great Depression, and World War II. He has also edited a wide variety of materials both as a senior technical editor for Lockheed Martin Energy Systems at the historic Oak Ridge Nuclear Weapons Complex and as an independent editor.
Peterson is a member of several historical organizations, including the Society of Independent Southern Historians, the East Tennessee Historical Society, and the Travelers Rest Historical Society. He also is a docent for the History Museum of Travelers Rest.
Peterson’s inspiration for both teaching and writing came from reading two autobiographical works by Jesse Stuart, The Thread that Runs So True and To Teach, To Love. His foray into writing began in 1981, when the first article he ever submitted was published in The Freeman, the journal of the Foundation for Economic Education. He continued writing throughout his 19-year teaching career and has always sought to expand his readership to a broader audience, sharing his enjoyment of history and the Bible with others.
An avid reader, Peterson’s favorite authors include Stuart (for his encouragement of teaching and learning), David McCullough (for his skill of making history interesting by putting it within easy access of everyone), Charles Spurgeon (for the beauty of his expository preaching style), and John Phillips (for his practical application of God’s Word to everyday living). Peterson is a firm believer that reading is the key to learning, and one of his favorite quotations is Ronald Reagan’s declaration, “You can never be lonely if you have good book.”
Peterson, a native of Tennessee, and his wife Connie, an elementary school teacher and a Pennsylvania native, live in Taylors, South Carolina. They have four daughters and seven grandchildren.