By Roger L. Nichols
“Absolutely a contribution to the field of American Indian History.”
—R. Warren Metcalf, author of Termination’s Legacy: The Discarded Indians of Utah
“A concise history…that is easily accessible and remarkably thorough.”
—South Carolina Historical Magazine
“This volume deserves credit for not reducing American Indians to the role of victims….This is a readable account that draws attention to a subject that should be at the center of our understanding of the American experience.”
—Montana The Magazine of Western History
This concise survey, tracing the experiences of American Indians from their origins to the present, has proven its value to both students and general readers in the decade since its first publication. Now the second edition, drawing on the most recent research, adds information about Indian social, economic, and cultural issues in the twenty-first century. Useful features include new, brief biographies of important Native figures, an overall chronology, and updated suggested readings for each period of the last four hundred years.
The author traces tribal experiences through four eras: Indian America prior to the European invasions; the colonial period; the emergence of the United States as the dominant power in North America and its subsequent invasion of Indian lands; and the years from 1900 to the present. Nichols uses both Euro-American sources and tribal stories to illuminate the problems Indian people and their leaders have dealt with in every generation.
Roger L. Nichols is Professor Emeritus of History at the University of Arizona and author of Warrior Nations: The United States and Indian Peoples; Natives and Strangers; and The American Indians: Past and Present, Sixth Edition.
University of Oklahoma Press, 2014