OAH Distinguished Lecturer Profile

Roger L. Nichols

Portrait of Roger L. Nichols

Roger L. Nichols is a professor emeritus of history and American Indian studies at the University of Arizona, and a former president of the Pacific Coast Branch of the American Historical Association. He has received four Fulbright appointments and three National Endowment for the Humanities awards. Prior to coming to Arizona, he taught at the University of Wisconsin–Oshkosh, the University of Maryland, and the University of Georgia as well as at four universities in Germany. His teaching and research interests focus on nineteenth-century American frontier settlement, Indians in American history, and comparative Indian affairs in the United States and Canada. The most recent of his eleven books are American Indians in U.S. History (2nd edition, 2014) and Natives and Strangers: A History of Ethnic Americans (6th edition, 2015), coauthored with David M. Reimers and Leonard Dinnerstein.

Featured Lecture

OAH Lectures

In 1890 the Bureau of the Census estimated that the US had fought forty wars with the Indians. These occurred from Ohio and Florida in the east to the Pacific coast between 1790 and 1890. Usually they involved pioneers, and Indians and the government fighting over land, resources, and tribal freedom. This lecture will analyze several examples to understand what issues and actions led to the conflicts.
This comares the people, events, and tactics involved in Native peoples' protests in the US and Canada since the end of the 1960s. It examines petitions, demonstrations, and legal actions and the results in each country
This will show how the three towns used their boomtown violence and notorious characters to become "Wild West" centers. Aided by popular literature, films and television, they created boot hill cemeteries, public reenactments of incidents like the Gunfight at the OK Corral, and historic sites to create their modern images.