Indians in the United States and Canada: A Comparative History


Drawing upon a vast array of primary and secondary sources, Roger L. Nichols traces the changing relationships between Native peoples and whites, from colonial times to the present.
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Drawing upon a vast array of primary and secondary sources, Roger L. Nichols traces the changing relationships between Native peoples and whites, from colonial times to the present.
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Editorial Reviews

Times Literary Supplement
“In his admirable book, Roger L. Nichols takes on the intimidating task of comparing the histories of hundreds of Indian peoples in the United States and Canada over five centuries. . . . Writing within the framework of the two nations and their growth, Nichols nonetheless sees events as much from the Indian angle as from the white. . . . This is only one of many virtues in this thoughtful, largely successful and ambitious book.”—Times Literary Supplement
“An insightful comparative history . . . The book presents a survey of the key issues and dynamics that shaped relations between natives and the new forces they faced. . . . Nichols formulates a true comparative approach; rather than merely presenting the Canadian story alongside that of the U.S., he effectively integrates the two throughout the work.”—Choice
Historical Journal of Massachusetts
"The range of Nichols book is impressive and conveys an excellent overview of the changing position of Native peoples in American and Canadian history. It will appeal to both the specialist and the novice."—Historical Journal of Massachusetts
Nichols, a professor of history at the University of Arizona, draws on primary and secondary sources to trace the changing relationships between Native people and whites from colonial times to the present. He integrates the US and Canadian stories, and considers the modern era through the concept of the modern nation state. He compares and contrasts the experiences of tribal peoples with the ideas and actions of the intruders, and examines the roles played by native people and the long-term results of interracial contacts in each. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780803283770
  • Publisher: University of Nebraska Press
  • Publication date: 8/1/1999
  • Pages: 393
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.94 (d)

Meet the Author

Roger L. Nichols is a professor of history at the University of Arizona. He is coeditor of Natives and Strangers.
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Table of Contents

List of Maps and Plates
1 Indians Meet the Spanish, French, and Dutch, 1513-1701 1
2 Indians and English near the Chesapeake, 1570s-1670s 39
3 Indians and English in New England, 1600-1670s 61
4 Trade, Diplomacy, Warfare, and Acculturation, 1670s-1750s 89
5 Striving for Independence, 1750-1790s 122
6 Old Threats, New Resolve, 1795-1820s 151
7 Cultural Persistence, Physical Retreat, 1820s-1860s 174
8 Societies under Siege, 1860s-1890 206
9 Surviving Marginalization, 1890s-1920 243
10 Change, Depression, and War, 1920-1945 264
11 Tribes and the Modern State, 1945-1990s 287
Conclusion 320
Notes 325
Selected Bibliography 349
Index 369
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