Indians in American History

Roger Nichols
TUESDAYS 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
October 18 - November 15, 2016
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Indians in American History

Fall 2016
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10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
October 18 - November 15, 2016


Main Campus



This course traces the often-changing experiences American Indians had from just before the War for Independence to the twentieth century. It will focus on how they dealt with the expanding nation and its pioneer citizens. Their tactics varied from contact, cooperation, and competition to conflict with the newcomers. Major differences in how the two races saw their lands and resources explain the violence that resulted. The U.S. lacked any consistent policy for its treatment of the tribes; and even when its goals seemed humane, their implementation could be disastrous. When military operations ended, most of the survivors lived on reservations until after World War II. Since then, educated tribal leaders, changing federal laws, waning anti-Indian prejudice, and increasing cultural pride have brought major changes to their situation in the general society.


Recommended Reading: 

Nichols, Roger L. American Indians in U.S. History. Second Edition. University of Oklahoma Press, 2014. ISBN-13: 978-0806143675.


Miscellaneous articles will be posted by Kerstin Miller on a secure site for this course. In late August, Kerstin will share the link to this site with everyone registered for this course.





Meet Your Professor

Professor Emeritus
Department of History

ROGER NICHOLS is Professor Emeritus of American History at the University of Arizona where he taught courses in the West, Frontier America, and Indians in American history. Having also taught at three other American and four European universities, he is the author, co-author, or editor of twelve books. During his career, he received four Fulbright appointments and three National Endowment for the Humanities awards.    


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