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Jan. 22: Visiting Lecture, “Lincoln and the Indians…”

Event honors Jan. 21 Martin Luther King Jr. Day.

Minnesota State University, Mankato Media Relations Office, 1-15-2013

Mankato, Minn. – David A. Nichols, a native of Kansas and a leading expert on the Eisenhower presidency, will present a lecture on his dissertation, “Lincoln and the Indians: Civil War Policy and Politics,” from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 22 at Minnesota State University, Mankato’s Centennial Student Union, Rooms 253-55.

This event, held the day after Martin Luther King Jr. Day in recognition of the national holiday, is free and open to the public. A book signing will follow Nichols’ lecture.

Published by the University of Missouri Press in 1978, Nichols’ dissertation is still the definitive study of Lincoln’s Indian policies during the Civil War. The dissertation was reissued as a paperback book by the University of Illinois Press in 2000 and had been republished in 2012 by the Minnesota Historical Society Press.

Nichols contributed to a 2012 documentary commemorating the 1862 United States-Dakota War and has spoken widely on Lincoln and the corruption in the Indian system of the 1860s that eventually led to the Civil War.

Nichols received a doctorate in history from the College of William and Mary and is a former professor and academic dean at Southwestern College. Nichols is the author of “A Matter of Justice: Eisenhower and the Beginning of the Civil Rights Revolution,” and “Lincoln and the Indians.”

The event is sponsored by the following Minnesota State Mankato organizations: American Indian Affairs, the History Department, African American Affairs and Institutional Diversity.

The American Indian Affairs Program provides American Indian students of all tribal backgrounds with support services while working towards the recruitment and retention of American Indian students while creating an inclusive and supportive community on campus.

The African American Affairs Center provides support, guidance, financial aid, emergency loans, academic, career and personal counseling.

Insititutional Diversity actively promotes a campus-wide cross-cultural understanding and appreciation of differences.

Those who want more information on this event may call Erinn Wilson, the director of the Center for American Indian Affairs, at (507) 389-5230, or email Wilson at

Minnesota State Mankato, a comprehensive university with 15,413 students, is part of the Minnesota State Colleges & Universities system, which comprises 31 state institutions. 

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